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No. 1495: Seven Mile Stone
Postcard #1495

Photo of Seven mile stone, opposite 1040 Adams Street, from Historic Amerian Buildings Survey (HABS). Photo, 1940.

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 In stage-coach days, nearly all the important routes were marked with mile stones, and at the opening of the turnpike era, Massachusetts was liberally supplied with them. The work was commenced in 1707 by judge Samuel Sewall. Sewall set the first two mile stones, measuring the distance along Newbury Street, as Washington Street was then called, from the Boston town house. From a point beyond between the 2nd and 3rd stones, five roads radiated, and the work for a few miles along each of these continued by Paul Dudley, afterwards chief justice of Massachusetts Bay in 1734 and 1735.

Two of Dorchester's mile stones have been saved by placing them at either side of the front steps of the Blake House. The 7 mile stone on Adams Street is still in its original location at approximately what would be 1041 Adams Street. If you were to take Adams Street from Lower Mills and head to Gallivan Boulevard, just about two or three houses after Richmond Street enters from the left, you will see the stone wall for Dorchester Park. About 10 feet from the beginning of the stone wall, you will see the mile stone imbedded in the wall. 7 Miles to Boston Town House 1734.

Source: Wood, Frederic J. The Turnpikes of New England. Pepperell, MA: Branch Line Press, 1997. Orig. publ. in 1919.
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Created: July 19, 2004   Modified: February 19, 2007