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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Oxford County Historic Maps

Two cadastral maps of Oxford County—showing dwellings (with names of homeowners), businesses, churches, cemeteries, etc.—were published in the nineteenth century. The 1858 Gillette and Huntington wall map of the county (from a survey by H. F. Welling) is hard to find, but images of individual towns have been reproduced and published as The Old Maps of Oxford County, Maine (Fryeburg, Me., Saco Valley Printing, 1972). The Atlas of Oxford County, Maine by H.E. Halfpenny and John W. Caldwell (Philadelphia, Penn.: Caldwell & Halfpenny, 1880) is more generally available in libraries.

From the 1858 Gillette and Huntington Map:
Map of Grants and Purchases in Norway

Plan of Buckfield With Settling Lots

Plan of Fryeburg

Original Land Grants of Peru

North Waterford (ca. 1850s)


Maps from the 1911 Town Register for Bethel, Greenwood, Hanover, Woodstock, Gilead:
Maine Memory Network
American Memory: Map Collections: 1500-2004
Maine State Archives: Maps 1674-1989 — A database of maps available at the Archives. Requires MS-Access.

Historic USGS Maps of New England & New York — Detailed topographical maps from the 1890s to the 1950s of every corner of Maine.

David Rumsey Map Collection — Includes dozens of maps of Maine taken from antique atlases. See the maps of Matthew Carey for early views of Oxford County, showing the old division line between York and Cumberland Counties, and the maps by David H. Burr, Joseph Meyer and others which show the extent of Oxford County before the creation of Franklin and Androscoggin Counties. Moses Greenleaf's 1829 map shows town lines and original proprietors.

Oxford County, Maine, 1895 — Detail from an 1895 map of Maine.

1910 Map of Maine — From the C. S. Hammond & Company Atlas.

1922 Map of Maine — From the New World Atlas and Gazetteer.

The Cartographic Creation of New England — From the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at the University of Southern Maine. Includes some of the earliest maps of Maine.

Maine Census and County Formation Maps — Follow the development of Maine counties through the centuries.

View USGS Maps and Aerial Photo Images Online — Links to the free databases of the United States Geological Survey.

Maine Geographical Information System — Links to many free maps.
  • Aerial Photography — Free online aerial photographs from MEGIS of every corner of Maine.

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