Remarkable detailed maps of
Shelburne Falls were made in the late 1800s - early 1900s for the purposes
of fire insurance. The maps
show details of building construction in the built-up areas of the village -
with special attention to industrial sites. The original maps are
rarely seen today, as they were not mass-produced and few copies survive.
The first page of each set has an index. Here is the 1905
index to the 5 sheets of that year. To the right is a detail of the
Shelburne side of Bridge Street in 1905.
sets of maps were made in the period 1885-1919. Each set consists of 3
or more maps.
We are pleased to make color copies of
these "Sanborn" maps available in a convenient form for the first time since their
publication a century ago. The links below will lead you to some