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Research - Falmouth Historical Maps

Here are links to maps that are helpful when researching the history of families or property in Falmouth.  We provide links to digital copies hosted by major institutions because most of the maps are enormous.  The full resolution digital maps are so large and in special formats that downloading and processing the entire map is impractical for many.  Most researchers are interested in only a portion of the map.  We suggest displaying the map in full screen mode and zooming in to obtain the most detail with the best clarity.  Capture the displayed image by taking a "screen shot" for processing by any photo editing software.


 
  Maps

 

Willis Map of Ancient Falmouth from 1630 to 1690



Willis, William (1834),  Pendleton's Lithography, Boston

Osher Map Library - Osher Atlas Collection


This map is a companion to Willis' History of Portland.  It portrays English settlement of Ancient Falmouth prior to 1690.


 


Proprietors Map of 1732 



The Falmouth Proprietors (ca. 1732), Portland

Osher Map Library - Sheet Map Collection - Maps at Falmouth Memorial Library


Scroll down to bottom of page and select map at left.


This map is a companion to the Records of the Proprietors (three bound volumes and three small paper books) at the Cumberland County Registry of Deeds.  The map portrays lots in the northern portion of Ancient Falmouth.  It is the only detailed, contemporary map for the period.  It is the vital "Rosetta stone" for making sense of early deeds.  The map was expertly imaged but not digitally enhanced by Osher.  Use of photo editing software will improve legibility.  For more information, see 

FHS Presents-The Proprietors Map.

 

 


York, Cumberland and Lincoln Counties of colonial Massachusetts - 1761



Small, John (1761)

Osher Map Library


This map shows the bounds of Ancient Falmouth from 1658 until 1765 when Cape Elizabeth became the first parish to split off into a separate town.



 
 

Part of Oxford and Cumberland counties - 1771



Greenleaf, S., Captain (1771)

Library of Congress


This map is a handy reference showing town names and approximate boundaries one the eve of the Revolution.

 
 

Falmouth Harbour ca 1775


Des Barres, Joseph F. W. (ca. 1775), London
Library of Congress


This is a nautical chart.  The coastline and navigable waterways should be fairly accurate.  Roads and other land features may be approximations.

 

 

Falmouth Neck 1775


Willis, W. (1850), Portland

Maine Historical Society


This map shows Falmouth Neck (today's Portland Peninsula) just before it was burned by the British in October 1775.  This was the governmental and commercial center of Ancient Falmouth (minus Cape Elizabeth, including today's South Portland, which split off to become a separate town in 1765).  Many early families in what is present-day Falmouth had homes or businesses on Falmouth Neck.  This well-researched map shows where.



 
 

Plan of Falmouth, Maine - 1794


Noyes, Joseph (1794-5), submitted to the Massachusetts Secretary of State
Massachusetts Archives - Digital Commonwealth - Town Plans - 1794


All towns in Massachusetts were required to submit a plan of the town in 1794 (when Maine was still part of Massachusetts).  Westbrook and the Deering sections of Portland will still part of Falmouth.


 
 

State of Maine - 1820


Greenleaf, Moses (1820), Boston

Library of Congress


This map is a handy reference showing towns and boundaries when Maine gained statehood.

 
 


Survey of Falmouth Roads - 1828



Town of Falmouth, Maine (1828)

Osher Map Library - Sheet Map Collection - Maps at Falmouth Memorial Library


Scroll down to bottom of page and select map at right.


This map is the product of a survey conducted to determine the cost of maintaining town roads in 1828.  The survey was probably completed using a compass and a chain marked off in rods and links.  The roads should be fairly accurate.  Houses were added to provided points of reference; their locations are, at best, approximate.


 


Map of Cumberland County, Maine - 1857



J. Chace (1857), Portland & Philadelphia

Library of Congress


This map portrays Cumberland County in 1871 including many buildings and identifying their occupants.  You must zoom in to for a detailed view of Falmouth.

 
 


Atlas of Cumberland County, Maine- 1871 Falmouth, West Falmouth, Falmouth Corners


F.W. Beers (1871), New York

DigitalMaine Repository - Map at Maine State Archives


This map portrays Falmouth in 1871 including many buildings and identifying their occupants.

 
 


Atlas of Cumberland County, Maine- 1871 New Casco, Presumscott Falls


F.W. Beers (1871), New York

DigitalMaine Repository - Map at Maine State Archives


This map portrays two Falmouth villages in 1871 including many buildings and identifying their occupants.

 

 

Stuart's Atlas Of The State Of Maine 1894 Falmouth Foreside and adjacent islands


J.H. Stuart Co. (1894), South Paris, Maine

David Rumsey Map Collection at Stanford University Libraries


Plate 53 of this atlas is a map of Falmouth Foreside.  You must manually page forward to view this map.


 


Richards Atlas of the City of Portland 1914 Part of Falmouth Foreside


Richards Map Co. (1914), Springfield, Mass.

Portland Public Library Digital Commons


Plate 22 of this atlas includes a detailed map of Falmouth Foreside from Mill Creek to Mackworth Point.


 
 


Falmouth Foreside Cumberland County Maine July 1924


Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. (1924), New York

Osher Map Library - Osher Atlas Collection


This map portrays much of Falmouth Foreside including many buildings and identifying their occupants.  The link takes you to the first page containing the index.  Determine which map contains the section of Falmouth Foreside of interest.  Click "Next Page" until you reach that page.


 

 


Past Activities at the Mouth of the Presumpscot River - 1978



Reiche, F. (1978)



This map provides a lot of information about the lower Presumpscot collected by Ford Reiche.



 

Historic Topographic Maps



United States Geological Survey (USGS)

National Geologic Map Topoview


This tool displays topographic maps created by USGS from 1880 to present.


 
 

Current Falmouth Town Plat



Town of Falmouth, Maine

Vision Government Solutions


This map is the most authoritative portrayal of lots within the bounds of Falmouth today.  This tool also brings up the property information formerly found on "property cards."

 


Suggestions for maps to be added to this page are welcome.


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