Looking for great Virginia maps?

Two auctions in November will feature a superb selection of maps de-accessioned from Colonial Williamsburg. Earlier this year, CWF acquired the incomparable William C. Wooldridge Collection of (mostly) Virginia maps, filling several gaps in CWF’s own remarkable map collection. However, the purchase has also resulted in acquisition of duplicate copies of some maps; these are being offered to the public via auction. Many of these maps are quite rare, of great historical importance, or both.

A selection of 60+ maps will be offered on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Brunk Auctions, 117 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805. Their catalog is on line. Enter Williamsburg in the keyword search window and click the “Go” button. The CWF maps are lots 1058 – 1120. The Saturday morning auction begins at 9 a.m. with lot 897.

There will also be a small selection of CWF maps in a December 5, 2017, auction at Swann Galleries in New York City. The catalog will likely be on line 3-4 weeks before the auction. Check their web site for updates.

Happy bidding!

p.s. A selection of nearly 60 maps will be offered on Friday, November 10, 2017, at Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates, 2177 Green Valley Lane, Mt. Crawford, VA 22841. The catalog will be posted on their web site on or about November 1. I believe these are from a private collection, not from CWF.

WPC Map Society Meeting – Sept. 13

Tuesday evening, 7:15 p.m., September 13, 2016 – Chapel Hill, NC.
Join us for Claude Joseph Sauthier: his life and activity in North Carolina, by independent scholar and author, Stewart Dunaway. This presentation will review Sauthier’s life activity from his childhood home of Strasbourg, France to North Carolina, New York, and England. Mr. Dunaway will describe Sauthier’s roles at Tryon Palace, during the War of the Regulation, and during the American Revolution. A brief review of Sauthier’s ten town maps of North Carolina will be presented. Mr. Dunaway will bring high resolution color facsimiles of all of Sauthier’s town maps for viewing after the presentation. This presentation provides a sampling from Mr. Dunaway’s recent book, Claude J. Sauthier and his maps of North Carolina – An interpretive Guide.

Mary Morrow, a long-time WPCMS member and map collector, will get the program started at 7:15 p.m. with a glimpse into the world of map collecting and a display of some of her favorite maps. Please join us in the auditorium at Carolina Meadows. A reception will follow the presentations.

If you are using a GPS device to find Carolina Meadows, enter the following address:
100 Whippoorwill Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

If you plan to attend, please let us know via the “What’s on your mind?” comment box below so that we can plan for the reception accordingly.

Mapping Orange County – 3pm Sunday, May 22

Sunday, May 22, 2016, at 3 pm – Chapel Hill, NC
Mapping Orange County: Land Grants, Early Travel Routes, and the Native Trading Path. A Talk by Mark Chilton

Mark Chilton’s work on mapping the original land grants of Orange County will show where important early figures in county history lived, how people traveled by road, ferry, ford, and bridge, and where the great Native Trading Path was. Starting with the work of Allen Markham of some fifty years ago, Chilton has broadened Markham’s perspective on the Orange County historical record.

Sunday, May 22, at 3 PM

Chapel Hill Historical Society

100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514 (on Google Maps)

Mapping Salem, Jan. 14, 2016 lecture

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of Salem, North Carolina. Richard Starbuck, archivist with the Moravian Archives in Winston-Salem, will present a lunch-time lecture, Mapping Salem, at 12:15pm, on Thursday, January 14. The lecture will be in the Spaugh Lecture/Recital Hall of the Archie K. Davis Center. You’re welcome to bring your lunch!  Although the street address is S. Church Street, the parking lot is accessed from E. Salem Avenue. The extended forecast looks promising, but should inclement weather develop, call the Moravian Archives, 722-1742 or 725-0651, to see if the lecture is still “on”.

Map Societies’ meetings in October

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

William P. Cumming Map Society

North Carolina Collection

and the Rare Book Collection

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 Churton-Collet Map”, by Mark Chilton

12 noon– Lunch*

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

2 pm – Event ends.

If you plan to attend, please make that known to Alison Barnett via email ammurray@email.unc.edu so that we’ll know how many chairs to set up. Before the conference, and/or during lunch, you are invited to view the exhibit, Chronicles of Empire: Spain in the Americas, where De Bry volumes and fine cartographic materials will be on display.

*LUNCH: The most convenient option, if it can be arranged, would be to purchase a box lunch to be provided at the Wilson Library. If you desire this option, contact Alison Barnett at the Wilson Library to express your interest (ammurray@email.unc.edu). Other options include various on campus facilities, some very close to the Wilson Library (http://files.dining.unc.edu/Hours/Fall_2015_Hours.pdf). Restaurants on Franklin Street are another option, though the relatively short lunch break may render that option less viable.

Monday, October 19, 2015 – Williamsburg, VA 

The Williamsburg Map Circle

WMC will meet at 5 p.m. in their usual venue, the Jamestown-Yorktown Room at Williamsburg Landing. Margaret Beck Pritchard, Curator of Prints, Maps, and Wallpaper at Colonial Williamsburg, will talk about the evolution of the CW map collection. She is the author of “Degrees of Latitude,” treating selected maps from the collection (now sold out and out of print). The Colonial Williamsburg map collection began as an element of the furnishings of the historic houses, but during Margaret’s tenure has become a comprehensive assemblage of the most important printed (and some manuscript) maps of the era. She will tell us how it happened. Additional information from Ted Edwards.

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.

Before the conference, and/or during lunch, you are invited to view the exhibit, Chronicles of Empire: Spain in the Americas, where De Bry volumes and fine cartographic materials will be on display.

*LUNCH: The most convenient option, if it can be arranged, would be to purchase a box lunch to be provided at the Wilson Library. If you desire this option, contact John Blythe at the Wilson Library to express your interest (blythej@email.unc.edu). Other options include various on campus facilities, some very close to the Wilson Library (http://files.dining.unc.edu/Hours/Fall_2015_Hours.pdf). Restaurants on Franklin Street are another option, though the relatively short lunch break may render that option less viable.

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:

http://www.nps.gov/guco/upload/ANNUAL-LECTURE-SERIES-2015a-2.pdf

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.

History and Reestablishment of the NC-SC Boundary: June 23

Gary W. Thompson, Chairman of the North Carolina Boundary Commission, will be speaking at the Friends of the Archives annual meeting in Raleigh on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. The presentation will be in the State Library Building Auditorium, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC. Mr. Thompson’s presentation will provide an overview of the history of the North Carolina-South Carolina boundary that determined how North Carolina got its shape. Information will be provided on the research and survey work performed to complete the recent task of reestablishing the boundary. After the program, a selection of historical boundary maps will  be on exhibit in the State Archives’ Reading Room. Want to see the “official broadside” for this event? Click here.

UPDATE!  For those of us who couldn’t make it, many thanks to the NC Archives for making it available on their YouTube channel.

Join us at Hope Plantation on January 18!

I hope to see you at Hope Plantation on January 18. Please see registration details below.

Exploring Northeastern North Carolina’s

Early Architecture and Maps

January 18, 2014 ♦ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

9:30 -10:00 am ♦ Registration and Coffee

10:00 am ♦ Reid Thomas, Restoration Specialist, NC State Historic Preservation Office
Exploring Northeastern North Carolina’s Early Architecture

An illustrated survey of regional buildings from the recently discovered oldest dated house to ones built up to about 1840 will be presented. Several fascination buildings (from humble one-room abodes to finer multi-room houses) that have been studied over the last 20+ years will be highlighted.

12:00 -1:00 pm ♦ Lunch

1:00 pm ♦ Jay Lester, Independent Scholar
To David Stone and Peter Brown, Esq.: this first actual survey of the state of North Carolina taken by the subscribers is respectfully dedicated: The Story of the Price-Strother Map

The 1808 Price-Strother map of North Carolina, published with the financial backing of David Stone, was the first map of the State by actual survey. A review of the map was published in 1964 in the North Carolina Historical Review. Through many hours spent in archives, libraries, and on line, a greatly expanded and corrected history of the map is now pending publication in the MESDA Journal.

2:30 pm ♦ Dale Loberger, Historic Interpreter, Monroe, NC
Hands-on demonstration of surveying equipment of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.

Advances in science and the demands of a developing continent led to rapid growth of tools and techniques for describing physical geography and bringing order to the untamed world. Learn through experience how early maps were created from the instruments devised to measure and plan the future of a new world.

 

Conference registration fee $25.00  ♦ *Registration Deadline January 15, 2014

Printable flyer for registration: http://goo.gl/x8SVsc

Make check payable to:

Historic Hope Foundation / 132 Hope House Road / Windsor, NC 27983

Phone: 252-794-3140 / Fax: 252-794-5583 / Email: info@hopeplantation.org

Saturday Map Seminar at MESDA, November 9

We hope you’ll join other cartophiles for a day devoted to the discussion of colonial era maps. The event will be at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Old Salem, Winston-Salem, NC, on Saturday, November 9, 2013 (MESDA on Google Maps). The event will include lectures and an opportunity to see some extraordinarily rare map treasures in the Moravian Archives. Here are details that have been shamelessly copied from the MESDA event site:

MESDA Saturday Seminar: Mapping the Early South III: New Insights

November 9, 2013

9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Explore and discuss recent findings in the study of important early maps of Virginia and the Carolinas, including the Fry-Jefferson Map of Virginia; Carolina Comparative Cartography – Mouzon and Others; and early maps of Wachovia in North Carolina.

Speakers

Moderator: Margaret Pritchard, Senior Curator and Curator of Maps, Prints & Wallpaper, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Henry G. Taliaferro, Map Dealer, Partner, Cohen & Taliaferro LLC, New York City

Jay Lester, Independent Scholar

Johanna Brown, Director of Collections, Curator of Moravian Decorative Arts, Old Salem Museum & Gardens

Cost

$65 / $60 for Friends of MESDA (Cost includes all sessions, seminar materials, and lunch)

Registration

Space is limited.  Pre-registration is required to ensure a place.  To register or to receive a brochure please call 336-721-7360 or email MESDAPrograms@oldsalem.org. Or download a registration form.

We hope to see you there!