Fielding Lucas, Jr.’s forgotten maps of Tennessee

Fielding Lucas, Jr. (1781—1854) was an outstanding early 19th century American cartographer and map publisher, artist, musician, stationer, and civic leader. He was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, moved to Philadelphia for work and/or education as a teenager, and spent his professional career in Baltimore. Two of his published maps pertain to Tennessee, aka “western North Carolina” (yes, I’m justifying their inclusion in the North Carolina Map Blog). Neither of these maps is recorded by Philips in A List of Maps of America in the Library of Congress..., or by Wells in A Checklist of Tennessee Maps, 1820-1830. The maps are also not described by Ristow in American Maps and Mapmakers. These two maps have been long lost and forgotten… until now. Continue reading

Cape Fear & Yadkin Rail Road: NC’s first….or not.

If you believe the map, the Cape Fear & Yadkin Rail Road was the first railroad completed within the state of North Carolina.

From David Rumsey Collection.

From David Rumsey Collection.

The map was wrong. Continue reading

WPC Map Society meeting October 10, 2015

Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the Wilson Library on the UNC-CH campus.

9:30 am — Meet, greet, coffee

10 am – “America’s First ‘Coloring Book': Theodor de Bry’s 1590 edition of Thomas Harriot’s Briefe & True Report from the New-Found Land of Virginia”, by Larry Tise

11 am – “Deed Books as Maps: Origins of the 1770 Collett-Churton Map”, by Mark Chilton

12 noon– Lunch (likely box lunch available for prepurchase)

1 pm – “Carolina Comparative Cartography – Mouzon and Others“, by Jay Lester

2 pm – Event ends. Program details and registration link will eventually be posted on William P. Cumming Map Society home page.

Anniversary of the Mouzon-Delarochette map of the Carolinas

Happy Birthday, “Mouzon” Map!

Today marks the 240th anniversary of the publication of a map that was not made by Henry Mouzon, Jr.  One of the most recognized colonial era maps of North Carolina is the so-called Mouzon map, first published in May 1775. It is a beautifully executed map, entitled An Accurate Map of North and South Carolina with their Indian frontiers, Shewing in a distinct manner [all sorts of neat stuff], the whole from actual surveys by Henry Mouzon and Others. Continue reading

Nonexistent North Carolina Maps

or, North Carolina Maps You’ll Never See



A recent listing on eBay reminded me of the neglect frequently paid to North Carolina by map publishers in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The eBay listing was for a “Tourist’s Pocket Map of South Carolina”, by S. Augustus Mitchell. 1836 South Carolina pocket map by S. Augustus Mitchell

Would you like to see a copy of Mitchell’s “Tourist’s Pocket Map of North Carolina”? Continue reading

234th Anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse

March 15, 2015, marks the 234th anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, one of the most pivotal engagements of the Revolutionary War. A series of lectures pertaining to the event is scheduled during the evenings this week, and reenactments and other activities are scheduled for the anniversary weekend, March 14-15. For details of these events, please visit the Guilford Battleground Company. What contemporary maps of the battle survive? Continue reading

Battle of Guilford Courthouse Anniversary events

Battle of Guilford Courthouse Annual Lecture Series

A post pertaining to maps related to the Battle of Guilford Courthouse was posted on the blog this morning, as scheduled, and in anticipation of the upcoming 234th anniversary of that pivotal battle. Unfortunately, four completely unrelated family events in the past 10 days, involving 4 family members, including death, car wreck, incapacitating back pain, and broken leg requiring surgery, prevented me from putting the finishing touches on the post and I forgot to “unschedule” it. I have since removed that post and will try to get it polished and republished on the blog later this week. However, that will be too late for several important events. Please see the following web site for details of this week’s evening lecture series:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 7:00 PM ‘Seeking the Historical Cook’: Exploring Eighteenth-Century Southern Foodways Kay Moss Historian, Author

Thursday, March 12, 2015 7:00 PM ‘General John Sullivan and the Battle of Brandywine’ Michael Harris Historian, Author

Friday, March 13, 2015 7:00 PM ‘William Washington, American Light Dragoon’ Daniel Murphy Historian, Author

All lectures take place in the theater of the park visitor center, located at 2332 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC. All lectures are free to the public, but reservations are required. Seating is limited. Call (336) 288-1776 for information and to register for each night’s lecture. The purpose of the Annual Guilford Courthouse National Military Park Lecture Series is to serve the educational and general interests of the community through the knowledge and insights of distinguished historians speaking on topics of 18th century history.

George Washington’s TripTik®

George Washington’s upcoming birthday and a recently spotted highway historical marker pertaining to his Southern Tour in 1791 prompted a search for contemporary (to Washington) maps showing the President’s route through North Carolina. What did we find? Continue reading

An unrecorded map of North Carolina

Given the lack of a useful cartobibiliography for post-Revolutionary War maps of North Carolina, one shouldn’t be too surprised to find a previously unrecorded map. Nonetheless, the recent discovery of a previously unknown, perhaps proof, state of an 1814 map of North Carolina generated some excitement from this blogger. Continue reading

Re-stating John Henry’s 1770 Map of Virginia

Discovery of a previously unrecorded proof state

of John Henry’s 1770 Map of Virginia

One of the rarest colonial era maps of Virginia is A new and accurate map of Virginia wherein most of the counties are laid down from actual surveys…by John Henry, published in London in February, 1770, by Thomas Jefferys. Previously published cartobibliographies and descriptions of this map have reported only one known state of the map. Continue reading

Nathaniel Batts: Buried at sea, but not originally

Nathaniel Batts: Buried at sea, but not originally

Nathaniel Batts may not have been the first permanent European settler in North Carolina (there is vague evidence that he was not), but he was undoubtedly one of the earliest and best documented. Where is his grave site? Continue reading

What’s in a name? Surveyors Ferry, NC

Catching my attention recently on the map, “Carte des Etats-Unis: Provinces Meridionales”, was Surveyors Ferry across the Pasquotank River. SurveyorsFerry1

Who was/were the alleged surveyor(s)?  Continue reading