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These are links to maps showing Plymouth, Vermont.
You can look up USGS aerial photos and topo maps at Terraserver; a search on Plymouth centers on the Notch; the road running northeast from near the center is Route 100A, which runs from the Union up through the Notch and into Bridgewater. From that view, you can click the arrows to move around.
These are historic USGS topographic maps, at the website of the Dimond Library of the University of New Hampshire, part of their collection of old maps of New England states. The view of these is much more detailed than what you can see on the above link to the current topo map. There is no one year for which all the quadrangles showing Plymouth are available, so I have linked to the oldest available survey of each. At their website, you can browse maps of these same quadrangles from other years, as well as maps of neighboring towns.
Woodstock SW (surveyed 1910-11) shows a large area of Plymouth, including the Union, the Notch, and Five Corners; Pinney Hollow and Hale Hollow, as well as parts of neighboring Reading to the east, and Bridgewater to the north. Rutland SE (surveyed 1888-9 & '91) shows a sliver of the west of Plymouth, including Plymouth Pond and Black Pond, Salt Ash Mt, and part of Great Roaring Brook, as well as neighboring Shrewsbury to the west.
Wallingford NE (surveyed 1888-9 & '91) shows a small bit of the southwest corner of Plymouth, including a bit of Ninevah Road, as well as neighboring Mt Holly to the south, and a bit of Shrewsbury to the west Ludlow NW (surveyed 1928-9) shows the southeast corner of Plymouth, including Tyson, Plymouth Kingdom, Echo Lake, Reading Pond Brook, and Patch Brook, as well as parts of neighboring Reading to the east, Ludlow to the south, and Cavendish to the southeast.
Below is the map of Plymouth from Beer's 1869 Atlas of Windsor County, Vermont,which includes names of property owners. (There are some mis-spellings.) Click on the image to see the full-size map (780 K). There are also detail maps of the villages of Plymouth Notch (labeled simply "Plymouth," as it often was), and the Union. Unfortunately when these maps were photocopied from the atlas, a little bit was cut off the edge of the page; you will see a little bit is missing from the western edge of the big map. If anyone has a better copy - or if I can get a better copy next time I am in Vermont - I will correct it. - Nancy.




A map similar to that in Beers' atlas was produced a decade earlier. It is in the collections of the University of Vermont Library, and has been reproduced in A Plymouth Album and in The Shaping of Vermont: from the Wilderness to the Centennial 1749-1877,by Kevin Graffagnino, published in 1983 by the Vermont Heritage Press of Rutland and the Bennington Museum. The latter book is a collection of maps of the state and places within it, with short essays on the background and significance of each; chapter 30 is devoted to this map and the history of gold mining in Plymouth. From that history comes the following description of the map:
"'Geologically colored by Albert D. Hager,' then working on the state geological survey.... this distinctive map appeared in 1859, at the height of Plymouth's second bout of 'gold fever.' John Winslow Stickney, superintendent of the Tyson Iron Company, apparently prepared the map with some assistance from Hager, and published it in conjunction with James Addison Pollard, who would later serve as superintendent of the Vermont State Prison, and Dr. Charles A. Scott, a Plymouth physician for more than half a century. Presumably issued to publicize the town's geological riches, the map highlighted the gold claims and deposits in the Five Corners area and along the recently renamed Gold Brook. Although it showed mills, roads, elevations, villages, and individual buildings, the emphasis was on the details of the gold fields, an indication of the high hopes that the people of Plymouth had for their successful development."
Click on the image below to see the full-size map (1.5 MB). Thanks to Vermont Heritage Press for permission to post this map, scanned from the black-and-white reproduction in Kevin Graffagnino's book.




This site maintained by Nancy Wygant of Philadelphia, PA. Last updated 5 June 2013.

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