Geoff Manaugh, Where The Roads Have No Name

”Arsenault flipped to a few pages in Granville’s first town survey book to convey the difficulty involved in interpreting these old coördinates. Roads were described as commencing at stumps, or “beginning on the old road near a maple tree.” They turned at unidentified bends in unidentified rivers and streams. The entire survey for a route that Arseneault still can’t locate…”

For the New Yorker, Geoff Manaugh, writer of the acclaimed BLDGBLOG blog, explored the challenges of evaluating historical roads after Vermont changed its policy of indefinitely legally recognizing any road that has ever been entered into record.

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