Middle Post Road
the Clough Elementary School on North Avenue,.on property owned by William Auty.
There is also a section of the Post Road essentially intact near Westcott Road and
Eight Rod Road.
Post Road crossed 16 Washington Street near the Murphy residence. It led to Lake
Nipmuc, and then on to Hartford and eventually reached New York.
road below. He said of them, "The mile post in Allston is on the sidewalk, the one in
Harvard Square is in a cemetery, next to artist Washington Allston's grave."
Click here to see a large number of photos
of the markers on the Telegram site.
Historic milestone markers repaired
By Sandy Meindersma
Wicked Local Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at 12:01 AM
SHREWSBURY — Milestone Marker No. 43 recently took up residence at a new location in town: the town
The relocation of the marker from its previous location, at the intersection of Main Street and Interstate 290, is
part of a state Department of Transportation project that preserved and stabilized the historic milestone
markers along the Old Upper Boston Post Road from Boston to Springfield.
The markers are considered Colonial-era artifacts and are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Records indicate that the earliest markers were installed in Boston, Brighton and Brookline in 1729, and
several markers were installed along the Upper Boston Post Road under the authority of a 1767
Massachusetts Council order.
Milestone Marker No. 43 is one of two markers along the Old Upper Boston Post Road; Milestone Marker No.
35 is in Dean Park, and is inscribed with the words “Boston 35 Springfield 65 Albany 165.”
In addition to the two markers in Shrewsbury, Milestone Marker No. 33 is on East Main Street in
Northborough. It is carved with the inscription “33 miles to Boston.”
Twenty-nine of the 40 markers were determined to be in need of cleaning and repair.
Daedalus Inc., a Watertown-based sculpture and monuments conservation firm, conducted the work, which
included reversing inappropriate repairs to deter spalling, removing organic matter and spray paint, filling
cracks caused by moisture infiltration, resetting markers in foundations, removing vegetation to ensure
proper drainage and relocating markers that had been moved from their original locations. Work began in
2015 and was completed last month.
Besides Shrewsbury and Northborough, the 29 milestone markers preserved as part of the project are in
Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Worcester, Leicester, Spencer, East Brookfield, Brookfield, West Brookfield
The project was funded by MassDOT and the total project cost to rehabilitate the 29 markers was $116,600.
“We are pleased that this important project to preserve our state’s history has been completed,” said
MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “These markers tell an important story of how people
traveled centuries ago, of the routes that were valuable for commerce and the kinds of navigational tools our
ancestors relied on before automobiles were in anyone’s imagination.”