Old Albany Post Road has been in continuous use - unpaved - since 1669. It is America's second-oldest road and New York State's oldest road. Old Albany Post Road is listed on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places. The winding 6-mile setting includes deciduous trees, centuries' old double-sided stone walls, and milestones placed by Benjamin Franklin, the first Postmaster General. Old Albany Post Road served General George Washington and his troops during the Revolutionary War and has been It is a living monument to our nation's foundation.
The Old Road Society of Philipstown is dedicated to preserving and protecting Old Albany Post Road and other unpaved historic backroads. Since 1982, we have been working with local officials to find solutions to problems such as road stabilization and maintenance methods. We are an all-volunteer organization raising awareness of the historic and environmental significance of unpaved backroads and supporting community initiatives.
As significant as Old Albany Post Road is to America's foundation and independence, it is under constant threat of paving. The important artifacts such as the stone walls and milestones enhance the visual impact of this historic thoroughfare. Help us ensure that future residents and travelers enjoy the scenic and historic character that makes Old Albany Post Road and unpaved backroads unique.