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Podcast: Sarah Knight's Great American Road Trip

A Boston Widow Travels Solo on the I-95 Freeway (sort of) to New York. In 1704.

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Podcast: 59 Minutes. Listen Now, or Download to Your Favorite App for Later, by clicking on “Listen in Podcast App” above right.

New York and Boston Post Roads taken by Sarah Kemble Knight in 1704 Map
Map of the New York and Boston Post Roads taken by Sarah Knight on her intercity road trip. Image: Public Domain, Wikipedia

Sarah Kemble Knight of Boston, Massachusetts, is a widowed single mother of one child, in her mid-thirties, and juggling lots of responsibilities. But she has some business in New York to do with her husband’s estate, and anyway, she’s ready for a bit of a break. So she dumps the kid with grandma, and sets off, solo.

In 1704. On a horse.

Apart from that, Sarah Knight’s tale is a familiar story to anyone who ever does an American road trip: Lousy food, issues with the road and navigation, dodgy hotels, and a constantly-changing scene and cast of characters.

This is the podcast version of Sarah Knight’s Great American Road Trip, Annette’s original post at Non-Boring History, based on a 1920s reprint of Sarah Kemble Knight’s travel journal.

Not a fan of podcasts? You can read it here instead!

Non-Boring History
Sarah Knight's Great American Road Trip
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