Franklin Mile Marker - 67 Miles From Boston 30 to Springfield - 1767 Milestones - West Brookfield, MA[
Posted by: neoc1
N 42° 13.644 W 072° 07.228
18T E 737634 N 4679039
Quick Description: Franklin Milestone located on Foster Hill Road in West Brookfield, MA
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 11/15/2011 11:31:04 AM
Waymark Code: WMD3XC
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 located in front of a wooded lot on the east side of Foster Hill Road, 0.1 miles south of the intersection with George Allen Road. The inscription, highlighted in white, is:
A sign has been erected next to the marker that reads:
67 Miles From Boston
THIS ROAD IS THE FIRST MAIL ROUTE IN NORTH AMERICA
ESTABLISHED IN 1673 BY KING CHARLES II OF ENGLAND.
IN 1767, WHILE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WAS
POSTMASTER GENERAL, MILEAGE WAS MARKED OUT WITH
STONE MARKERS FROM BOSTON TO NEW YORK CITY
WEST BROOKFIELD HISTORICAL COMMISSION 2006