Old maps are more than just cool to look at or to hang on a wall. There is so much valuable information on old maps. Look closely and you can see roads, rivers, houses, cemeteries, hills, old boundaries, even names of residences. This information is not needed for every project, but when you get into a survey that does, and you are researching deeds back to the late 1700’s or 1800’s, these maps are invaluable!
Next time you see one hanging on a wall, see if you can recognize anything.
The maps shown are from the Strafford County 1856 Atlas. This is the Town of Durham, NH and Durham Village.