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.

The mysteries of William Churton and his map of North Carolina

William Churton (1710 – c1767/8) was one of the pre-eminent surveyors in North Carolina during the 18th century. Unfortunately, very little is known about him.  He was born in London on April 5, 1710. He was in North Carolina by 1749, but when he arrived is unknown. His professional career in North Carolina predominantly pertained to surveying tracts of land in the Granville District. At the time of his death (late 1767 or early 1768), William Churton had nearly completed a map of North Carolina. Circumstances of Churton’s death and the fate of his manuscript map remain mysteries to us. Continue reading

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)

North Carolina maps in Fielding Lucas atlases

Fielding Lucas Jr. first advertised an “Elegant New Atlas” as published and for sale on 10 February 1814, claiming, “There being now no other genuine Modern Atlas of the United States, nor any other likely to be had for some time to come –“.[1] He was half correct. Continue reading

Re-Stating Bellin’s Carte de la Caroline et Georgie

This post provides an updated cartobibliography for a Bellin map, Carte de la Caroline et Georgie, first published in 1757. William P. Cumming described two states of one plate (Cumming, Southeast in Early Maps, #311).  Ashley Baynton-Williams lists one state each for two plates in his Carolina checklist (MapForum #95, #96). Both deserve partial credit. There are, in fact, maps from two separate plates, with one state of Plate 1, and two states of Plate 2.

Bellin map - Carte de la Caroline et Georgie

1757-Bellin-Plate 1

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NC’s Southern Boundary: a refresher course – March 5, 2016

The History and Re-survey of North Carolina’s Southern Boundary

Stephen R. Kelly, author of “The Boundary Hunters: Uncovering North Carolina’s Lost Borders” (The Atlantic) and “How the Carolinas Fixed Their Blurred Lines” (New York Times), will discuss the historical background of the boundary between the two Carolinas, and the current status of the recent re-survey to determine its true location. Prior to Mr. Kelly’s presentation, Jay Lester, author of the North Carolina Map Blog, will give a brief introduction to the variety and frequently peculiar cartographic shapes of the Carolinas. Shelia Bumgarner, librarian in the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, will have a fascinating selection of 19th century regional maps available for viewing and study. Among these treasures are maps of local gold mines.

Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016

Time: 9:30am-1:00pm

     (Lectures 10:30am-12noon; map viewing available

      prior to and following the lectures.)
Location: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library – Dowd Learning Room
310 North Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 704-416-0150

Click here to obtain directions from Google Maps


If you have any questions about this event, please use the “What’s on your mind?” comment box below.

What’s in a name? Bellin “Reckoned” wrong in Carolina.

Determining the origins of unusual place names found on early maps of Carolina is a fun, and perhaps nerdy, exercise. Some, such as Lockwood Folly, have interesting, and sometimes obscure, historical origins. Others, like Murder and Surveyor’s Ferry, have their origin in copying errors by cartographers and/or engravers. What about Reckoned, on the Catawba River at the current site of Fort Mill, SC? Continue reading

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”.

Carey’s Pocket Atlas Maps of North Carolina

The Pocket Atlas Maps of North Carolina published by Mathew Carey, 1796-1820.

Mathew Carey published his first “Carey’s American Pocket Atlas” in 1796. The engraved plate for this map of North Carolina was used in later issues of Carey’s pocket atlas in 1801, 1802, 1805, 1806, and 1810. Updates to the plate appeared with the 1801 and 1805 editions of Carey’s pocket atlas. Continue reading

What map is this? Burr or Greenleaf?

In “What map is this?” Part 1 and Part 2, cartobibliographic resources useful in identification of North Carolina maps were discussed. In this segment, we’ll provide all the nitty-gritty details needed to correctly identify and date a series of 19th century atlas maps of “North & South Carolina” (ignoring the awful grammar inherent to that map title). Continue reading

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.