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17th Century Wethersfield, Connecticut
1951
Draftsman:Drawn by W. Dudley Birmingham , American, 1920 - 2005
After a work by:After a work by Sherman Wolcott Adams , American, 1836 - 1898
Lithography; brown printer's ink on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 16 5/8 x 22 3/8in. (42.2 x 56.8cm) Sheet (height x width): 17 1/2 x 23in. (44.5 x 58.4cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Gallery Copy: Sherman Wolcott Adams's map of early Wethersfield, Connecticut has served as the basis for a number of later maps documenting Wethersfield's early settlement. This map, created in 1951 by long-time Wethersfield town clerk Arthur C. Willard and his assistant W. Dudley Birmingham, attempts to correct Adams's geography and includes the names of additional settlers who do not appear on Adams's map. It was a labor of love for Willard, who retired in 1954 and died four years later.
Description: Map of the town of Wethersfield, Connecticut, as it appeared in the seventeenth century. It extends from the Hartford line to the north, the Great River (Connecticut) to the east, the "Fearful Swamp" to the south, and the Great West Field to the west. The names of landowners are shown in the town center and on Wright's Island, and there is a list near the Great Meadow of landowners whose site locations are unknown. Symbols and letters are used on the map to denote the locations of historic places, which are listed in the bottom right corner. The ten original settlers and ten ministers are listed below the cartouche.
Cartographic Note: No scale
Inscription: Recto, right side, printed in brown ink: "1640-1699 / HEREON FIND THE NAMES OF SOME / 250 LAND OWNERS IN THE VILLAGE / OF WETHERSFIELD AND ITS LOWER LEVELS / TOWARDS THE LONG RIVER - ALSO / OLD TIME NAMES OF LOCALITIES, ETC, / BEFORE THE YEAR 1700, / TOWN CLERK'S OFFICE / SELECTION AND DRAWING BY / Arthur C. Willard AND / H. Ludley Der[illegible]mingham / FEBRUARY, 1951" Right side, printed in brown ink: "17TH. CENTURY / WETHERSFIELD CONN. / DATA FROM "ANCIENT WETHERSFIELD, / CONNECTICUT" BY JUDGE SHERMAN W. ADAMS / & / HENRY R. STILES AM-MD / CHAPTER VII-VOL. I."
Object Number: 1981.144.2
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