First Surveyors Mapping New Hampshire
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Written by J. Dennis Robinson


By the time of the American Revolution, southern New Hampshire had been surveyed fairly accurately, but the White Mountains remained largely uncharted. On Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 11AM, NH State Archivist,Brian Burford will discuss the tribulations and successes of mapping New Hampshire in the years of the early republic. (Click title for details)

Chief among the early surveyors was Phinehas Merrill (1767-1815) of Stratham who mapped most of the seacoast towns and assisted Phillip Carrigain in making the map of New Hampshire that was published in 1817.

Brian Burford studied history and then became a professional surveyor. He has served as President of the NH Land Surveyors Association and the NH Archives Group. He coauthored Surveyors of New Hampshire Prior to 1900 with Donald Wilson.

1805Portsmouth map

The gallery talk is part of the series "Mapping the Piscataqua" now showing at the John Paul Jones House, 43 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH. For more information visit or call 603-436-8433. Admission is free to Portsmouth Historical Society Members or $6 for nonmember adults. Reservations are recommended. The John Paul Jones House museum, operated by the Portsmouth Historical Society is open from 11-5 seven days a week through October 31