• Historical Maps of the Study Area -- Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

    The maps, below, illustrate different historical stages in the exploration and development of coalfields in the areas where the collection materials were gathered. The earliest period, which Appalachian historians (Dunaway, Rasmussen, Salstrom) term "the engrossment," took place during the Federalist Era, when wealthy politicians were awarded land grants of hundreds of thousands of acres apiece. This map, by George Washington, of the eight survey ...

    • Date: 1999