State & County Maps of Massachusetts

Maps of Massachusetts are a great resource to help learn about a place at a particular point in time. Old Massachusetts maps are effective sources of geographical information and useful for historical, genealogical and territorial research.

Our collection of Massachusetts maps includes many different historic and modern types of maps. The maps date from the 17th century to the present and include:

State Massachusetts County Map of Boundaries and County Seats
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State Massachusetts County Map of Boundaries and County Seats
  • Massachusetts Township maps, including maps showing the progress of the original government surveys
  • Massachusetts Road, Highway and railroad maps
  • Massachusetts Maps showing the state’s geological features
  • Massachusetts Nautical charts
  • Massachusetts timeline of county boundaries changes
  • Massachusetts Military maps
  • Massachusetts Maps of specific towns, counties, islands, harbors, and bodies of water
  • Colonial era maps of Massachusetts
  • Bird’s eye views of Massachusetts cities and towns

Historical Maps of Massachusetts are a great resource to help learn about a place at a particular point in time. Massachusetts Maps are vital historical evidence but must be interpreted cautiously and carefully.

There is a series of 18th century Massachusetts maps from 1794 to 1795 covering several towns in Massachusetts. It was published by the Massachusetts Archives. There is also another map series that was done in 1831 originally. Copies of it are on file in many different libraries.

Many Massachusetts towns also have their own collections of town maps from different times, which can be used to track dwellings and land ownership over a certain time period.

F.W. Beers atlases were commonly made depicting maps of New England states in the 1870s. Most large libraries have copies of those maps. Those maps often showed churches, residences and owners, roads, cemeteries, and schools.

The Massachusetts Archives is home to several collections of maps showing early land distribution in the state, as well as depicting town lots. Multiple town offices have excellent printed maps on file as well. So does the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Old Historical Atlas Maps of Massachusetts

This Historical Massachusetts Map Collection are from original copies. Most historical maps of Massachusetts were published in atlases and spans over 350 years of growth for the state.

Some Massachusetts maps years have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines, and other features useful to the Massachusetts researcher.

Jeffery’s 1776 State County and Township Map of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island – Northern Section

  • Map Date: 1776
  • Map Locations: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut And Rhode Island
  • Map Publication: The American Atlas: Or, A Geographical Description Of The Whole Continent Of America
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Samuel Holland and Thomas Jefferys
1776 State Map of New England containing the Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Conecticut and Rhode Island
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Jeffery’s 1776 State Map of New England containing the Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island

  • Map Date: 1776
  • Map Locations: New Hampshire , Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut
  • Map Publication: The American Atlas: Or, A Geographical Description Of The Whole Continent Of America
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Samuel Holland and Thomas Jefferys

1776 State County and Township Map of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island – – Southern Section

  • Map Date: 1776
  • Map Locations: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut And Rhode Island
  • Map Publication: The American Atlas: Or, A Geographical Description Of The Whole Continent Of America
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Samuel Holland and Thomas Jefferys
1795 State Map of Massachusetts, Compiled from the best Authorities
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Carey’s 1795 State Map of Massachusetts, Compiled from the best Authorities

  • Map Date: 1795
  • Map Locations: Massachusetts
  • Map Publication: Carey’s American Atlas: Containing Twenty Maps And One Chart
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Mathew Carey (1760– 1839)
1796 State Map of Massachusetts Shows counties and minor civil subdivisions
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Sotzmann’s 1796 State Map of Massachusetts Shows counties and minor civil subdivisions

  • Map Date: 1796
  • Map Locations: Massachusetts
  • Map Publication:
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Daniel Friedrich Sotzmann
1804 State Map of Massachusetts
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Arrowsmith’s 1804 State Map of Massachusetts

  • Map Date: 1804
  • Map Locations: Massachusetts
  • Map Publication: A new and elegant general atlas, comprising all the new discoveries, to the present time.
  • Map Cartographer: Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1823) and Samuel Lewis (1754-1822)
1814 State Map of Massachusetts
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Carey’s 1814 State Map of Massachusetts

  • Map Date: 1814
  • Map Locations: Massachusetts
  • Map Publication: Carey’s General Atlas, Improved And Enlarged; Being A Collection Of Maps Of The World And Quarters, Their Principal Empires, Kingdoms, &c
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea
1822 Geographical, Historical and Statistical State Map of Massachusetts
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Carey’s 1822 Geographical, Historical and Statistical State Map of Massachusetts

  • Map Date: 1822
  • Map Locations: Massachusetts
  • Map Publication: A Complete Historical, Chronological, And Geographical American Atlas, Being A Guide To The History Of North And South America, And The West Indies … To The Year 1822.
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Henry Charles Carey & Isaac Lea
1827 State Map of Massachusetts,  Connecticut and Rhode Island
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Finley’s 1827 State Map of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island

  • Map Date: 1827
  • Map Locations: Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island
  • Map Publication: A New General Atlas, Comprising a Complete Set of Maps, representing the Grand Divisions of the Globe, Together with the several Empires, Kingdoms and States in the World; Compiled from the Best Authorities, and corrected by the Most Recent Discoveries, Philadelphia, 1827.
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Anthony Finley (1784 – 1836)
1836 State Map of Massachusetts and Rhode Island
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Tanner’s 1836 State Map of Massachusetts and Rhode Island

  • Map Date: 1836 (Entered 1833)
  • Map Locations: Massachusetts and Rhode Island
  • Map Publication: A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics Of The World.
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Henry Schenck Tanner (1786–1858)
1845 State Map of Massachusetts and Rhode Island
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Morse’s 1845 State Map of Massachusetts and Rhode Island

  • Map Date: 1842 (Entered 1842)
  • Map Locations: Massachusetts and Rhode Island
  • Map Publication: Morse’s North American atlas. Containing the following beautifully colored maps
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Sidney Edwards Morse (1794-1871 ) and Samuel Breese (1802-1873)
1856 State Map of Massachusetts and Rhode Island with Vicinity of Boston
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Colton’s 1856 State Map of Massachusetts and Rhode Island with Vicinity of Boston

  • Map Date: 1856 (Entered 1855)
  • Map Locations: Massachusetts, Rhode Island and City of Boston
  • Map Publication: Colton’s Atlas Of The World, Illustrating Physical And Political Geography.
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Joseph Hutchins Colton (1800-1893)
1880 State, County and Township Map of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island
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Mitchell’s 1880 State, County and Township Map of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island

  • Map Date: 1880 (Entered 1879)
  • Map Locations: Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island
  • Map Publication: Mitchell’s New General Atlas
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Samuel Augustus Mitchell Jr. (1827-1901)

Map of Massachusetts County Formations 1683-1947

This Interactive Map of Massachusetts Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of the Massachusetts territory in 1683 to 1947.

Massachusetts County Maps of Road and Highway’s

The Massachusetts D.O.T. Highway Department does not have Massachusetts County Maps available at this time.

External Massachusetts Map Resources

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