Franklin Mile Marker - 72 Miles From Boston - 1767 Milestones - Warren, MA
Posted by: neoc1
N 42° 12.802 W 072° 11.520
18T E 731782 N 4677284
Quick Description: Franklin Milestone located on Route 67 in Warren, MA
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 11/15/2011 10:49:08 AM
Waymark Code: WMD3WM
The Boston Post Road was part of the Colonial mail route between New York City and Boston. The Upper Post Road went from New York, NY to New Haven, CT to Springfield, MA and on to Boston, MA. It was established in 1676 by order of King Charles II to facilitate communication among Colonial governors.
In 1767 under Postmaster General Benjamin Franklin, stone mileage markers were placed along the road to better determine postal rates, which were, at that time, based on distance. These stones are commonly known as Franklin milestones. Many of these stone markers still exist. The 1767 Milestones are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This 1767 Franklin milestone is set in a low wall on the Town Common in Warren. It is well protected and appears to be in good condition. Enhanced with whitewash, the inscription is: