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Best of the Upper Boston Post Road in Middlesex County, Massachusetts: A Top Ten List.
This entry is self-explanatory: now that I have completed my walk along the route of the Upper Boston Post Road in Middlesex County, I want to list what I consider to be the most interesting sites along the road. I am doing this for many reasons: to reflect on the road that I have already covered and to celebrate the end of one section of this project; naturally, when I get through Worcester County I will do the same thing again and, eventually, post a list of the most interesting sites along the entire route of the Upper Boston Post Road. I also want to give readers a shorthand summary of what I have been doing thus far so that they do not have to read 100,000+ words to figure out what I consider the most important and relevant places to see along the road should they be interested in traveling it by foot (a great way to go), bike, or car. Finally, I want to mix up my approach to the entries in this project; most are long, detailed, and focus only on one town at a time but this entry will be short and comprised primarily of photographs with short captions. Anyone interested in more information can always click on the appropriate link to the specific town.
A quick summary: I consider this specific project, Walking the Upper Boston Post Road, to begin at the Watertown Bridge, 9.1 miles from the Old State House in Boston. Most of the other walks on this website are, with the notable exception of the entries from my previous project Walking the Post Road, which I am slowly transferring to this website, walks in the city, even if they are walks in Cambridge, Somerville, or Brookline, because they all link to each other at some point: These are walks in andaround Boston. Once I headed west from Watertown Bridge the road leads away from Boston and does not link up with another road circling back to the city; the walks west are “traveling walks,” not “city walks.” I know this seems like an arbitrary decision but that is how I categorize the various walks.
Cambridge, Somerville, and Newton are all towns in Middlesex County through which I have walked and written about but again, they are part of my “city walks” and I do not consider them to be “traveling walks.”1I include in this list of “city walks” my walk from the border of Cambridge through Watertown to Watertown Square. Only the section of Watertown leading away from the bridge over the Charles at Watertown Square is considered in this admittedly quixotic list. Therefore the towns in “Middlesex County” for the purposes of this entry are as follows: Watertown,2From the bridge west as described in footnote 1 Waltham, Weston, Wayland, Sudbury, and Marlborough. Framingham, which is in Middlesex County and about which I have written an entry, is on the “Framingham Diversion” so it is not technically on the Boston Post Road. Therefore it does not get counted in this exercise (although, in truth, it will sneak into the list as you will discover). Southborough and Westborough, two more towns along the “Framingham Diversion” are in Worcester County, as is Northborough, the subject of the next entry in my Upper Boston Post Road Series. The distance of this section of the the project, from the bridge across the Charles River in Watertown to the border between Marlborough and the neighboring town of Northborough, the first town in Worcester County, is 25.0 miles.