Boston Rambles

Boston Rambles

A Rambler Walks and Talks About the Hub of the Universe

Posts filed under Milestones

Jamaica Plain: Home Stretch.

“But I have promises to keep,  And miles to go before I sleep,  And miles to go before I sleep.” Robert Frost from “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”   This is another of the entries from my previous project, Walking the Post Road, which I have transferred over to this project for two… (read more)

Jamaica Plain: Traveling the World

This is another of the entries from my previous project, Walking the Post Road, which I have transferred over to this project for two reasons. The first reason is that it is relevant to this project in that it is a ‘ramble’ about Boston. The second reason is that the previous project was done on… (read more)

Building Bridges in Boston, or How to Lose Friends and Money.

“One if by land, and two if by sea: And I on the opposite shore shall be.” The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. First published in The Atlantic Monthly in 1861 . “We returned from Cambridge by way of Charlestown. Crossing that ferry to Boston…” Dr. Alexander Hamilton, Entry Wednesday, August 15, 1744… (read more)

Taking the High Road in Roxbury and Dorchester

The Last of the ‘Old Roads’ from Boston is the road variously referred to as ‘The Way to Braintree’ or the ‘Upper Road to Dorchester.’ It is the last in the sense that the road was laid out in the 1660s to provide a shorter route to the bridge over the Neponset River at what… (read more)

The Road to Harvard, Part 2

One of the difficulties in doing a project of this nature is the internal tension between a desire to produce these entries in a steady stream and the fear of making mistakes or of being superficial. I have an urge to generate as many entries as I can as quickly as possible. I also know… (read more)

The Road to Harvard

In a couple of previous entries I described the original road to Cambridge from Boston which passed along the Neck and through Dudley Square, winding its way to Brookline and what is today Allston and Brighton, crossing the Charles River at what is today the Larz Anderson Bridge and ending at Cambridge Common. I wrote… (read more)

The Road to Braintree

 Dudley Square, Roxbury, Massachusetts. I moved to Braintree, Massachusetts in February 1977 from the semitropical island of Bermuda. I had never seen snow and the ground in Braintree was covered in it. Lots of it. Also it was extremely cold, something for which I was completely unprepared. Also, as a teenager moving to a new… (read more)

The Upper Post Road Milestones

    “He was buried in the tomb of his fathers; but his epitaphs are only to be read on the numerous mile-stones that skirt the roads…” Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, in History of Norfolk County, referring to Paul Dudley.       One more entry (#14) from my Walking the Post Road Project. The purpose… (read more)

Milestones

‘Feria secunda, July 14, 1707. Mr. Antram and I, having Benjamin and David to wait on us, measured with his wheel from the Town-House Two Miles, and drove down stakes at each mile’s end, in order to place Stone-posts in convenient time. From the Town house to the Oak and Walnut, is a mile wanting… (read more)

Deviating from the Straight Path

  . “One if by land, and two if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be” Paul Revere’s Ride Henry Wadsworth Longfellow . “Parting is such sweet sorrow” Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 2 William Shakespeare         This entry is another (#5 in the original project) from the Walking… (read more)