About Scott’s Neck: A Map, A Map, and a Link

Clever cartographic and blog subscriber Michael offered to make a map of Scott’s Neck near Pocotaligo.

I was thinking out loud, and wondering if a historical map and a modern map could be combined in such a way to show where the old roads were. Apparently it pays to have a map-maker or two in your readership.

I really don’t expect much feedback from readers. Truthfully, I don’t have a big readership, and that is fine. I’m writing for me, and if you enjoy reading what I write, then so much the better for everyone. However, if you offer to make a map, or meet for lunch, or send me some cat food, then YAY! Win/win!

Michael offers two basic maps, plus a link to an enlarged view. He took the historic 1825 Mills Atlas and overlaid it with a topography layer, and another 1825 map has a Google Earth overlay. The image on the old map was originally rotated to make it fit onto the specified rectangular shape for printing, I suppose. I don’t know this for a fact, but it explains why true north is in the upper right-hand corner, and the modern overlay has to be rotated to fit the old one.


Here’s the link to a larger map: http://pdf.quad.download.s3.amazonaws.com/32080e7.pdf.

I think this is remarkable on several levels.

  • Technology. Long gone are the days of the overhead projector transparencies. And remember those science books with the transparencies of the human body and its systems, like the skeletal system, the muscular system, or the circulatory system?  Map overlays are far more interesting than the digestive tract.
  • Old cartography. How did the mapmakers of olde make maps? The common points of the old and the new are amazingly consistent.
  • Blog readers. A blog reader, a real CARTOGRAPHER, volunteered his time, tools, and trade, and made a map overlay in approximately the same amount of time it took me to remember where I parked the car, back in the day when I drove a white car. Which is a compliment to his skills, not a flip comment to make you think that map overlays are easy and quick.

Need to know more about map-making mojo? Here’s the scoop:

Michael Karpovage
Author • Designer • Cartographer

Karpovage Creative, Inc.

5055 Magnolia Walk
Roswell, Georgia 30075
I suspect a field trip is in order.

3 Responses to “About Scott’s Neck: A Map, A Map, and a Link”

  1. Karpovage Creative, Inc. Says:

    Thanks so much, Ruth!! It was my pleasure.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Anne Starr R. Hughes Says:

    That is Awesome! Love it.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. The Bonaventure Cemetery Illustrated Map | Ruthrawls's Blog Says:

    […] Michael made some map overlays for me for the blog regarding Scott’s Neck in what was then the old Beaufort District near present day Sheldon. You can check that out by clicking here. […]


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