State archives puts 18th century maps online

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Want to see what your town looked like, at least on the map, in the mid-18th century? The Vermont State Archives staff has been posting many of the state’s original surveyors’ maps online.

State Archivist Gregory Sanford says the materials are more than 200 years old in many cases, but they still have value for modern-day surveyors, real estate dealers and others.

Leonard Amblo, treasurer of the Vermont Society of Land Surveyors, says he and his colleagues use the old maps quite frequently to be sure current readings of property lines match the historical record.

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