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Maps
 Dorchester Maps
Note: if the quality of these maps is too low for your use, please get in touch. We have better quality images, but the digital files are larger than we feel comfortable putting on the web.

Some maps depicting Dorchester appear below. These are not the only ones to include Dorchester. Anyone interested in this topic should consult institutions with large collections, such as the Massachusetts Archives, the Boston Atheneum, the Boston Public Library, etc. The maps at the Boston Public Library are available online at bpl.org, go to collections, then online collections and choose Leventhal Center collection.

See especially the atlases below which each have many plates that are quite detailed.

Boston and Dorchester Maps/ Atlases

for current mapping - see City of Boston Assessing Online



no date

Blake, James E.
Dorchester, Massachusetts, plans, assumed to be drawn by James E. Blake. New England Historical and Genealogical Society.

French, Allen. A Collection of Facsimile Maps Pertaining to the Books and Papers ... (including Dorchester Neck) Mass. Hist Soc.

Plan of Dorchester Neck. Mass Hist Soc Ic2

1616
Smiths Map of New England
New England: the most Remarqueable Parts Thus Named by the High and Mighty Prince Charles, Prince of Great Britaine
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/15676

1630 circa
Map of English Towns and Indian Wigwams

1630 circa
Map showing possible archaeological sites
Zurawski, Carol and Lynn Whitney. Seventeenth Century Survey of Dorchester.Boston, Boston University, 1979.

1630 circa
Rock Hill
Zurawski, Carol and Lynn Whitney. Seventeenth Century Survey of Dorchester.Boston, Boston University, 1979.

1634
Woods Map of Massachusetts
The South Part of New-England, as it is Planted this Yeare, 1634
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/17462

1638 circa
Map of meadows beyond the Neponset, i.e., Squantum
Page 323 of Dorchester Town Records, Second Edition. Boston: Rockwell and Churchill, 1883. labeled as p. 31 of the original Dorchester Town Records, possibly from January 1637 or would this be 1638

1650 circa
Map of northern plain
Zurawski, Carol and Lynn Whitney. Seventeenth Century Survey of Dorchester.Boston, Boston University, 1979.

1660 ca.
Conjectural lines of Dorchesters largest territorial expanse
Modern guess at the boundary lines - available from Earl Taylor, Dorchester Historical Society

1661
John Oliver plat of land
An Unfinished Tracing of Joshua Fishers Copy on Parchment of Olivers Paper Plat of Land in Dorchester
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12985

1677
John Fosters Map of New England (John Foster was a Dorchester resident)
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/n48212

1688
Boston Harbor Phillip Wells
This Harbour of Boston
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/m8743

1692
Thomas Pound Map of New England
A New Mapp of New England from Cape Codd to Cape Sables
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/explore/author/pound-thomas-0

1692
Jolliet Plan de Boston
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/search/apachesolr_search

1697
Butcher, John.
A map, plan or draught of the twelve divisions of land ... 1697.
available online at The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public
http://maps.bpl.org/id/11100

1705
Castle Island
The Icqnographical draft of Castle Island where upon is built Her Maj.ties Castle and by Her Maj.ties Special Command named Castle William cituated in the bay of Boston three Miles S:E of ye town of Boston and South 3/4 of a Mile of ye Mean
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/n51492

1770
Hills Boston Harbor
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/n48552

1775
Boston Harbor Des Barres
A Chart of the Harbour of Boston
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10104

1775
A View of Boston from Dorchester Neck
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/rb15306

1775
Plan of the Neck and Environs
Library of Congress https://www.loc.gov/item/gm71000917/

1775
A Front View of the Lines including A View of the Country Towards Dorchester
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/rb15199

1775
Plan of the Town of Boston and Circumjacent Country Shewing the Present Situation of the Kings Troops & the Rebeles Intrenchments 25th July 1775
D Auvergne, Philip, Prince de Bouillon
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10783

1775
Plan of Dorchester Neck Drawn for the Use of the British Army in 1775
in DuSimonds History of South Boston, Boston, 1857. p. 31.

1775
recreation of plan of the redoubt erected to keep the British out of the main part of Dorchester
Plan showing modern streets and the location of the Revolutionary Redoubt crossing Boston Street. 1907. compiled from Pelhams Map 1777 and from survey by Mather Withington.
Owned by the Dorchester Historical Society See illustration 6714

1776
Jean de Beaurains Carte du Port et Havre de Boston
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/rb16898

1777
Henry Pelham
A Plan of Boston in New England with Environs.
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/rb15243

1778
George Louis LeRouge.
Plan de Boston.
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10074

1794
Mather Withington
Plan of Dorchester.

1804
Mather Withington. Map of South Boston showing conditins when the main part of South Boston was taken away from Dorchester and annexed to the city of Boston. Pen and ink and watercolor map. 112 cm x 54 cm
Massachuestts Historical Society http://masshist.org/database/vierwer.php?item id=1724&img step=1&mode=zoomify#page1 (note there is an underscore between item id and img step)


1805
Dorchester Turnpike and Roads Adjacent. 1805
New England Historical and Genealogical Society, SL Dor 12.

1805
Boston map showing South Boston proposed bridge

1806
Boston map showing South Boston proposed bridge

1806
Wayne Caleb Perry. Boston with Its Environs
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10640

1819
John Grove Hales. Boston and vicinity
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10708

1820
John Grove Hales. Boston and vicinity
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/18026

1831
A Map of the Towns of Dorchester and Milton
Edmund J. Baker
available online at The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10320

1836
Mount Bowdoin proposed subdivision
Thomas M. Mosley. Plan of Lots on Mount Bowdoin in Dorchester.
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11128

1838
Perham, B. F. Rough Sketch of a Portion of the Dorchester Turnpike. 1838
New England Historical and Genealogical Society SL Dor 11

1846
Branch Railroads with the Old Colony RR

1850
Map of Dorchester, Mass.
Elbridge Whiting for S. Dwight Eaton (Old Colony R.R. Depot, Boston)
Tappan & Bradford’s Lithography, Boston
available online at The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library
http://maps.bpl.org/id/11129
1850
Plan of South Bay

1850
S. Dwight Eaton. Map of the Old Colony Rail Road
Library of Congress https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3761p.rr005060/

1850
Woodland Cemetery in Dorchester and Roxbury published by Tappan & Bradford
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11185

1852
Boston Harbor

1852
McIntyre map of Boston - shows a little bit of Dorchester
H. McIntyre. Map of the City of Boston and Immediate Neighborhood
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10180

1852
Sidney Map of the city and vicinity of Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/14602

1853
J.C. Sidney. Map of the City and Vicinity of Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10632

1853
Henry Francis Walling. Map of Norfolk County
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10904

1854
Massachusetts. Board of Harbor Commissioners. Plan of South Bay Showing the Harbor Commissioners Lines
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12664

1854
Massachusetts. Board of Harbor Commissioners. Plan of Neponset River and part of Dorchester Bay Showing the harbor Lines proposed by the Commissioners.
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12662

1855
J.H. Colton. Map of Boston and Adjacent Cities
Shows Washington Village are that became part of Boston in the the 1850s
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/m8775

1858
Map of the County of Norfolk, Massachusetts
H.F. Walling
Published by Smith & Bumstead, Boston and New York
available online at www.davidrumsey.com

1860
Anson J. Stone. Hyde Park and Fairmount in Dorchester and Milton Norfolk Co.
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11183

1860
US Coast Survey Boston Harbor
US. Office of Coast Survey https://historicalcharts.noaa.gov/historicals/search#mainTitle

1860
Walling, H. F. Map of Boston and the Country Adjacent. 1860 Hist NE
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10700

1863
Crafts, N. Henry. Map of the City of Boston. 1863
Hist NE

1863
Plan of Boston and Its Vicinity
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11009

1863
US Coast Survey Boston Harbor
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10042

1866
Map of the City of Boston and Its Environs
H.F. Walling
available online at The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library
http://maps.bpl.org/id/10121

1866
Alexander Wadsworth. Plan of house lots for sale on Savin Hill Avenue
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11160

1867
Boston Map Company. Map of Boston (As it should be) and the Country Adjacent. 1867.
SPNEA

1867
Lake, D. J. Map of Boston and Its Environs. 1867.
Hist NE

1867
Nautical Chart of Boston Harbor
US. Office of Coast Survey https://historicalcharts.noaa.gov/historicals/search#mainTitle

1867
Plan of Mount Hope Cemetery
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11188

1868
E.P. Dutton & Co. A New & Complete Map of the City of Boston, with Part of Charlestown, Cambridge, Brookline, Dorchester &c.
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11021

1869
Boston Almanac. Boston and Its Vicinity. 1869.
Hist NE

1869, corrected 1870
Thomas W. Davis. Plan of Boston
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11034

1870
Boston. Engineering Dept. Plan of the Town of Dorchester
available online at The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11126

1870
Map of Boston, Showing Health Districts and Undrained and Drained Land
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11032

1870
Birds eye view of Boston showing Castle Island
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10045

1870
A. J. Johnson. Boston and vicinity
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10994

1870
David Granger & Son. Plan of Real Estate Belonging to T.W. and J.H. Cox
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11162

1870
Plan of house lots in Ward 16 owned by Samuel B. Pierce
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11161

1870
Plan of lots belonging to BP Cunningham
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11159

1871
Harper & Brothers. Birds-eye view of Boston and surrounding area
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12071

1871
Boston and surround area showing horse RR

1871
Plan no. 1 of lots of Geo. D. Welles
At Dorchester Historical Society

1871
Henry W. Wilson. Plan no II of land of George D. Welles (lots west of Washington Street)
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11172

1872
E.N. Winslow. Old Colony Railroad and Connections
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/n48153

1872
Birds-eye view of Boston and Its Environs
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10532

1872
T. Sulman. Birds-eye view of Boston
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10123

1872
Henry Francis Walling. Map of Boston and the Cuntry Adjacent
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11088

1872
Plan of land belonging to JM Pike (Euclid and Torrey Streets)
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11173

1872
US Coast Survey Boston Harbor
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12066

1873
Parsons & Atwater. The City of Boston. Birds-eye view showing South Bay
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10664

1874
Atlas
G.M. Hopkins
At Dorchester Historical Society. The Society can provide digital scans.

1876
Luther Briggs & Co.
Plan of the Lewis Pierce Estate.
Suffolk County Registry of Deeds Book 1331, p. 277

1876
Henry W. Wilson. Plan of the cove between Savin and Commercial Point
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11182

1876
South Bay and Savin Hill Parks
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/1117

1877
John Bachmann. Birds-eye View from the North. Boston showing South Bay
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10124

1877
City of Boston Improved Sewerage
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12189

1877
City of Boston Improved Sewerage Plan Showing Region Drained by
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12191

1878
Boston by Sampson, Davenport & Co
Boston Public Lbrary http://maps.bpl.org/id/12187

1878
Boston Harbor
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10046

1878
Cedar Grove Cemetery
Dorchester Historical Society has pdf copy

1878
Plan of Mount Hope Cemetery
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11148

1878
Coombs, W. M Plan of Dorchester Showing Sewers and Contours. 1878.
Mass Hist Soc Ic2

1879
S. Augustus Mitchell. Plan of Boston
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10112

1879
F. Kimball Rogers. Balloon View Boston Harbor
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10381

1879
Sampson, Davenport & Co. Map of Boston for 1879
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12186

1880
Boston City Surveyor.
Plan of Dorchester, 1880
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11125

1880
Plan of Dorchester Bay
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12984

1882
Atlas
Bromley
some plates At Dorchester Historical Society. The Society can provide digital scans.

1884
Atlas
Bromley
At Dorchester Historical Society. The Society can provide digital scans.

1885
Cedar Grove Cemetery
Dorchester Historical Society has pdf copy

1889
Atlas of the city of Boston. Vol. 5: Dorchester
Geo. W. & Walter S. Bromley
Published by G.W. Bromley & Co.
At Dorchester Historical Society. The Society can provide digital scans.

1889
Boston Harbor
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12064

1890
Birds-eye view of Lower Mills
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10315

1890
Birds-eye view of Mattapan
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10157

1890
Plan of Land in Dorchester belonging to Charles N. Mellen

1892
Frank O. Whitney. Plan of Land Owned by the Heirs of Frederick Clapp (Bellflower Street)
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11169

1893 copy of 1688 map
Phillip Wells. This Harbour of Boston
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/17482

1893
Geo. H. Walker & Co. Boston and Vicinity
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10733

1893
William O. Badger. Plan of lots on West Selden Street, Dorchester
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/11163

1894
Map of Boston ...showing original territory of Old Boston
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12474

1894
Atlas
Bromley
Online at Boston Public Library and hard copy available at Dorchester Historical Society. The Society can provide digital scans.

1896
An Outline Map of Boston Showing the Old & New Ward Lines
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12480

1896
Sampson, Murdock & Co. Boston and Vicinity
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12478

1896
Geo. H. Walker & Co. Boston and Surroundings
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/14607

1896
Boston Harbor
US. Office of Coast Survey
https://historicalcharts.noaa.gov/historicals/search#mainTitle

1897
City of Boston Plan of Columbia Road, showing Connection with Franklin Park and Marine Park
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12483

1898
Atlas
Bromley
At Dorchester Historical Society. The Society can provide digital scans.

1899
Atlas: Dorchester, West Roxbury, Brighton
J.P. Brown & Co.; L.J. Richards
Publisher: L.J. Richards, Boston
At Dorchester Historical Society. The Society can provide digital scans. and at www.davidrumsey.com

1899
Boston and Vicinity
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12486

1899
Boston Harbor
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10786

1901
Boston and Vicinity Metropolitan Park Commission

1901
Boston Harbor
US. Office of Coast Survey https://historicalcharts.noaa.gov/historicals/search#mainTitle

1902
Sampson, Davenport & Co. Boston and Vicinity
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12580

1902
Boston drainage
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12569

1903
Boston Harbor
US. Office of Coast Survey https://historicalcharts.noaa.gov/historicals/search#mainTitle

1903
Boston Harbor
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/15212

1903
Boston and Vicinity
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12568

1903
Boston quadrangle USGS repr 1942

1903
Boston Harbor
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/15212


1904
Atlas
Bromley
At Dorchester Historical Society. The Society can provide digital scans.

1907
Boston Suburban Book Company. Map of Dorchester, Roxbury and West Roxbury
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12565

1909
Boston and suburbs
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10788

1909
Boston Harbor
US. Office of Coast Survey https://historicalcharts.noaa.gov/historicals/search#mainTitle

1910 circa
Dorchester Board of Trade
Walker Lithograph Company. Map of Dorchester.


1910
Atlas
Bromley
At Dorchester Historical Society. The Society can provide digital scans.

1911
US Coast Survey Boston Harbor
US. Office of Coast Survey https://historicalcharts.noaa.gov/historicals/search#mainTitle

1913
Boston and suburbs
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10781

1913
Boston Harbor
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12667

1915
US Coast Survey Boston Harbor
US. Office of Coast Survey https://historicalcharts.noaa.gov/historicals/search#mainTitle

1918
Atlas
Bromley
At Dorchester Historical Society. The Society can provide digital scans.

1919
US Coast Survey Boston Harbor
US. Office of Coast Survey https://historicalcharts.noaa.gov/historicals/search#mainTitle

1921
Boston and Vicinity
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/12593

1921
Metropolitan Water and Sewerage
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10791

1921
US Coast Survey Boston Harbor
US. Office of Coast Survey https://historicalcharts.noaa.gov/historicals/search#mainTitle

1923
Boston Harbor
Boston Public Library http://maps.bpl.org/id/10464

1923
US Coast Survey Boston Harbor
US. Office of Coast Survey https://historicalcharts.noaa.gov/historicals/search#mainTitle

1927
US Coast Survey Boston Harbor
US. Office of Coast Survey https://historicalcharts.noaa.gov/historicals/search#mainTitle

1928
Boston Harbor
US. Office of Coast Survey https://historicalcharts.noaa.gov/historicals/search#mainTitle

1930
US Coast Survey Boston Harbor
US. Office of Coast Survey https://historicalcharts.noaa.gov/historicals/search#mainTitle

1930
Board of Trade. Map of Dorchester. 1930.
In Dorchester Old and New, 1630-1930

1931
Boston Harbor
US. Office of Coast Survey https://historicalcharts.noaa.gov/historicals/search#mainTitle

1932
Hibbard, Thomas. Land Once Owned by the First Parish Church in Dorchester, 1932.
Hist Gen Soc: Ms Dor 160.

1932
Boston Harbor
US. Office of Coast Survey https://historicalcharts.noaa.gov/historicals/search#mainTitle

1933
Atlas
Bromley
Library of Congress online https://www.loc.gov/item/2008622000/
or at Dorchester Historical Society. The Society can provide digital scans.

1934
US Cost Survey Boston Harbor
US. Office of Coast Survey https://historicalcharts.noaa.gov/historicals/search#mainTitle

There are later dates for Boston Harbor as well at US. Office of Coast Survey https://historicalcharts.noaa.gov/historicals/search#mainTitle

Fire Insurance Atlases
Certainly the most useful maps for tracing the development of Dorchester after its annexation to Boston are the so-called fire insurance maps. Griffith M. Hopkins produced an atlas of Boston including a volume for Dorchester in 1874 and again in 1882. George Bromley followed in 1884 with new volumes every five years or so. Richards produced one atlas in 1899. Richard Heath in From Pear Orchard to Multi-Family Housing: A History of the Marshall P. Wilder Estate. Jamaica Plain, 2003, cites a 1931 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map.


Fire Insurance Atlases
 Certainly the most useful maps for tracing the development of Dorchester after its annexation to Boston are the so-called fire insurance maps. Griffith M. Hopkins produced an atlas of Boston including a volume for Dorchester in 1874 and again in 1882. George Bromley followed in 1884 with new volumes every five years or so. Richards produced one atlas in 1899. Richard Heath in From Pear Orchard to Multi-Family Housing: A History of the Marshall P. Wilder Estate. Jamaica Plain, 2003, cites a 1931 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map.

Illustrations of details of one small corner of Dorchester are given to show how the development of Dorchester proceeded over the course of 60 years after annexation. Some neighborhoods filled in a little earlier than our example at the corner of Carruth Street and Adams Street (now Gallivan Boulevard), but all of Dorchester was substantially complete by 1933 when the Bromley company issued its last Dorchester atlas.



Topics
Smith's Map of New EnglandWood's Map 1633Blathwayt Atlas 17th centuryJohn Foster's Map of New England 16771775 Map Seat of the civil War
South Bay 17771831 Map by Edmund BakerWilson's 1849 MapMap of the Vicinity of Boston 18491871 South Bay Birds Eye View
Whiting Map of 18501858 Map of Norfolk County1874 Atlas1882 Atlas Plates1884 Atlas
1889 AtlasMap of the Vicinity of Boston, 18931894 Atlas1898 Atlas1899 Atlas
1904 Atlas1910 Atlas1918 Atlas1933 Atlas
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