Coaching Roads of Old New England: Their Inns and Taverns and Their Stories

Coaching Roads of Old New England: Their Inns and Taverns and Their Stories

Coaching Roads of Old New England: Their Inns and Taverns and Their Stories

Coaching Roads of Old New England: Their Inns and Taverns and Their Stories

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In no way, perhaps, could the visitor who would explore New England do better than to travel the routes of some of the old coaching roads. To follow the Groton road by Keene and Hanover and northward, is to journey through much of the charming hill and lake country of southern New Hampshire into the upper Connecticut valley and the foothills of the Green and the White Mountains. By either the Upper or the Middle Post Road he would traverse some of the most delightful of New England farming country: by the Middle Road, crossing the long ridges of the rolling hills alternating with fertile valleys in the neighborhood of Woodstock and Pomfret in Connecticut. The northerly route of the Newburyport Turnpike will lead him over the Lynn marshes by historic Salem and through the delightful, though more level open country stretching away to the Ipswich dunes and the sea, through old Newbury, to those two most charming of New England seaport towns, Newburyport and Portsmouth. And lastly, if he follow the old Boston and New York Post Road by way of Providence he will pass through Newport and the historic towns bordering on Long Island Sound, Old Lyme and Guilford and Fairfield, on the way to New York.

Some of the old coaching inns and taverns have been spared to us. Once every town and village along the road had one or . . .

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