Jabez Hills led a seemingly normal life until his later years, when he became known as “Jabez the Hermit,” and was considered by some to be a somewhat odd, miserly recluse. This business-savy man led a productive, generous life and it is sad that he might be remembered only by his seeming later eccentricities. Continue reading
Today much of our communication is transmitted electronically. It was only a few decades ago that all of our correspondence, documents, and bills were delivered by human hand to our doorsteps. In colonial America, post roads influenced what people knew about current events, and houses along this road were considered prime real estate. By ‘post road, ‘ I mean those byways specifically designated for the delivery of mail or correspondence.
These roads were different from those of the New Hampshire turnpike system that I have written about previously. The history of New Hampshire’s (and America’s) post roads is older than that of the United States Post Office. Continue reading