Lot #1 in Harpswell, 1743

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This manuscript map (Map #63) was commissioned by the Pejepscot Proprietors and shows the boundary lines between properties around lot #1 in Harpswell, Maine. Scale [1:7920] 40 poles = 1 inch.

The surveyors of the time used different measuring devices to mark the scale of their surveys. A piece of wood, called a rod, perch or pole was most often used. These pieces of wood equal 198 inches. A 'perch' refers to the tree limb upon which a bird 'perches'. Chains were also used, and could measure distance through more varied terrain as it could bend and turn, unlike a rod, perch or pole.

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About This Item

  • Title: Lot #1 in Harpswell, 1743
  • Creator: James Scales
  • Creation Date: 1743
  • Subject Date: 1743
  • Location: Harpswell, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 39 cm x 32 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 61, Map 63
  • Collection: Pejepscot Proprietors papers
  • Object Type: Text

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