1854 Woodford and Clark City Map of Great Barrington, Berkshires, Massachusetts

GreatBarrington-woodfordclark-1854
$2,750.00
Map of the Town of Great Barrington, Berkshire County Massachusetts. - Main View
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1854 Woodford and Clark City Map of Great Barrington, Berkshires, Massachusetts

GreatBarrington-woodfordclark-1854

The center of the Berkshires.
$2,750.00

Title


Map of the Town of Great Barrington, Berkshire County Massachusetts.
  1854 (dated)     57.25 x 57 in (145.415 x 144.78 cm)     1 : 20000

Description


This is an 1854 Edgar Woodford wall map of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the center of the Berkshires and summer arts cultural life. Great Barrington occupies the center of the sheet with districts shaded for differentiation. Individual homesteads are identified, along with mills, schools, a distillery, a church, and a cemetery. The Housatonic Railroad passes from north to south and passes through Barrington, Van Deusenville, and Housatonic. Two inset maps are situated to the right of the Great Barrington map and focus on the village of Barrington and Housatonic Village. Thirty-one views of buildings throughout the area create a border around the maps. Numerous private residences, several stores, the Rose Cottage Seminary, and the Cascade Barn at Brookside rank among the illustrated locations.
Publication History and Census
This map was created by Edgar Woodford, published by Richard Clark, lithographed by Friend and Aub., and printed by Wagner and McGuigan in 1854. Our research indicates that there's only one cataloged example, which is part of the collection at the Library of Congress. However, that reference comes from a cataloging of maps in the Library of Congress from 1901 and we have been unable to find the record in their online database.

CartographerS


Edgar Maurice Woodford (April 15, 1824 – October 1, 1862) was a mid-19th century American abolitionist, civil engineer, surveyor, and map publisher active in New England. Woodford was born on his family farm in Avon, Connecticut. Although self-taught as a surveyor, he rose to become the official Hartford County surveyor. He was described by a nephew as 'a great strapping man,' who would come 'over the hills with his [surveying] instruments over his shoulder, crying for fear his work would not come out right.' Woodford produced numerous county surveys in Connecticut, Maine, and Massachusetts. Typically Woodford worked with other cartographers, but from time to time, he published independently, including his maps of Belfast and Frankfort, Maine, as well as Belknap, New Hampshire. As an abolitionist Woodford was part of the 1856 'Connecticut Colony in Kansas,' an attempt to colonize Kansas with enough abolitionist New Englanders to sway the vote and force Kansas to enter the Union as a Free State. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in the Seventh Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, where he was assigned the rank of Quartermaster. It was during the war when he passed away in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, of 'congestive fever,' an archaic term for malaria. He is interred in the soldiers cemetery at Hilton Head. Learn More...


Richard Clark (fl. c. 1850 - 1865) was an American cartographer active in the middle part of the 19th century. Though he seems to have been based in Philadelphia, most of Clark's work was compiled in conjunction with other publishers and focused on Connecticut and Massachusetts. Clark is associated with several maps, but his most important are a wall map of Fairfield County, Connecticut, and Connecticut itself. Little is known of Clark's life. Learn More...

Condition


Very good. Full professional restoration.