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Shelburne Historical Maps now Available

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The Town of Shelburne’s historical maps can be seen on the website www.old-maps.com. This summer, Shelburne, Massachusetts is celebrating 250 years of history.

The maps range from a colonial early-1700s map of Deerfield which the town was originally a part of to modern topographical maps. Ancient Deerield included included all of modern Shelburne and Greenfield.

Here is a closeup from the 1832 map from the Massachusetts Archives.

Later maps like the 1858 and 1871 maps, show homeowner names.

Low-res images can be viewed at this website link. High quality reprints are available also.

Sunderland Historical Maps now Available

The Town of Sunderland’s historical maps can be seen on the website www.old-maps.com. This summer, Sunderland, Massachusetts is celebrating 300 years of history.The maps range from a colonial 1714 map of “Swampfield” as the town was first known to modern topographical maps. Old Swampfield included all of modern Leverett and parts of Montague and Wendell.Here [...]

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1000s of Pennsylvania Town Maps now available

Over 2,000 Pennsylvania town and village maps from the 1800s are now available here at shop.old-maps.com. Great for genealogists and historians! Each map has homeowner names, old roads and business locations. Who lived in your house 160 years ago? We have digitally“chopped” out the town sections from the old County wall maps of the 1850s [...]

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Huge 1860 New York State Map - now on CDROM

A color reproduction of the remarkable 1860 wall map of the State of New York, by J.H. French and R.P. Smith.  Its high value today lies in the depiction of all major roads in the state as well as 1000s of place names.  Principal buildings are also depicted in many locations.  The CDROM reproduction is [...]

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Mapping Vermont in the 1850s

The State of Vermont was mapped in extraordinary detail 150 years ago. Between 1854-1859 mapmakers from Philadelphia and Boston descended upon this rural area and made the first complete road maps.[1] The results of their work were eleven large wall maps. Not only were all the roads mapped for the first time, but [...]

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Who was James Chace - mapmaker

Who was "J. Chace Jr." ?That name , spelled just that way, appears on numerous county land-ownership maps in New England and nearby states in the 1850s. I would love to learn more about this man, starting with his first name, for he cut quite a swath through the commercial map business in the county [...]

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Old Maps at NERGC in Providence

The "Old Maps" team  was in Providence Rhode Island this past weekend - with displays of charming old maps and CDROMS for sale of over 100 New England County Wall maps.===================================================================We arrived Thursday morning and set up our 20 foot wide booth in the exhibit hallDave & Sarah hauling boxes to the Exhibit hall on [...]

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Map of the Promised Land on Long island!

In the Town of Easthampton (NY) there's a locale called "Promised Land"- seen on our 1897 nautical chart. This area - now Napeague State Park- was abuzz with many fish factories circa 1900.  Legend has it that the name came when Congress promised that the fish factory in Napeague could never be moved due to [...]

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A Canoe Place near the Shinnecock Indian Reservation (Long Island)

This 1897 map excerpt shows a Canoe Place and a Canal (top of clip) near the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton (NY). The reservation is well known - in fact it received Federal recognition in 2010 - but what's the story beyond the "Canoe Place" and the canal?We have 2 earlier maps of the same [...]

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Big Changes in Florida on 2 Duval County maps

We have 2 county wall maps for Duval County Florida. Big changes happened north of Jacksonville in the 1890s. The first map is 1898- we see a busy area criss-crossed with roads serving the numerous houselots.  Now browse down to the 2nd map and see what the same area looked like 13 years earlier! 

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