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Welcome!Eastern Post Roads

Post RoadsDuring the Colonial Era, roads were built between cities for the purpose of delivering the mail, hence the name Post Road. By the late 18th century, several thousand miles of post roads ran along the Atlantic seaboard from Portland, Maine to St. Augustine, Florida. Many of these roads were commissioned and paid for by state or federal organizations.

The map on the right shows the main post roads circa 1770.

Of all of the posts roads, the most famous is Route 1. Between Boston and the South, Route 1 provided the means for conveying the mail. There is one notable exception. Between Wilmington/New Castle and Baltimore, Route 1 does not follow the main post road. Instead, Route 40 (now designated SR 7) in northeast Maryland was the main post road.


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