U. S. One, Maine to Florida

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CONNECTICUT

R.I. Line -- New London -- New Haven -- Greenwich -- N.Y.

Line, 119 m. US 1.

New York, New Haven, & Hartford R.R. parallels the route. Four-lane cement roadbed over major part of route. Excellent accommodations of all types at frequent intervals.


Section 8. Rhode Island Line to New Haven, 71.2 m.

The first post rider on the American Continent was dispatched over this route, from New York to Boston, following the old Pequot Path, then only a blazed trail through the wilderness. Over this route in 1773 Paul Revere, spurring his foam-flecked horse, dashed on his way to Philadelphia with news of the Boston Tea Party. When the half-frozen horseman paused at Guilford to bait his horse, the astonished natives gaped wide-eyed at the streaks of war paint on his face. Today this highway, the Roaring Road, modern and efficiently policed, is the only direct route across southern Connecticut from border to border. A section of the chief vehicular highway through the North Atlantic States, it is the most heavily traveled road between New York and the cities of the New England seaboard. Although this route parallels the shore, it bypasses many of the picturesque coastal villages, and permits but occasional views of Long Island Sound.

US1 crosses the Pawcatuck River, 0 m., which separates Westerly, R.I., from the village of PAWCATUCK, in the Town of Stonington, Conn.

WEQUETEQUOCK (Ind., head of a tidal river), 2.5 m. (Town of Stonington), is a village on the long flat inlet known as Wequetequock River.

Left from Wequetequock, at an irregular crossroad opposite the small 19th century meeting house, on a dirt road that leads across Wequetequock Cove and branches sharply R. past an old GRAVEYARD, 0.1 m., the earliest in the town of Stonington; here are "wolf stones," the heavy slabs of rude stone that were laid over graves in primitive settlements as protection against the bold and numerous wolves that then roamed the countryside. The oldest stone is dated 1690.

At 5.3 m. (L) is STONINGTON (Stonington Town 11,025 pop.), a quiet old town of modest, shady streets on a narrow, rocky point. Off the Boston Post Road, quite by itself on a long point that

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Foreword iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Notes on Use of Book ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Special Foods from Maine to Florida xvii
  • Maine xix
  • Maine 1
  • New Hampshire 47
  • Massachusetts 55
  • Rhode Island 65
  • Connecticut 89
  • New York 114
  • New Jersey 124
  • Pennsylvania 135
  • Maryland 151
  • District of Columbia 184
  • Virginia 185
  • North Carolina 210
  • South Carolina 231
  • Georgia 240
  • Florida 252
  • Side Route 1 296
  • Annual Events Along Us 1 311
  • Index 323
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