Thursday, January 8, 2009

Surveying (Like Real Surveying) Port Tobacco

Responding to yesterday's blog, Scott suggested that we gather up available surveys from the late 20th century and, using two surveyors' markers found so far, resurvey the town lands. That way we can relate the old lots to points on the ground. For example, I wrote about Lots 4 and 5 yesterday. There are no metes and bounds for those lots; however, I was able to trace those two lots to land currently owned by the Compton family. We know those two lots were bundled with the Centennial Hotel lot, which fronted on the village green and was situated on the north side of Lots 4 and 5.

Of course, if you go out to Port Tobacco today, there are very few obvious survey points, but we did find one on top of the rubble pile on the jailhouse lot and another turned up in one of our excavation units, although I'll have to flip through the notes to find that unit. With our total station and a bit of experience on the parts of Scott and myself, we might succeed. It's so crazy it just might work. (Picture a Muppet saying this.)


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