Neshannock Township, 1872, Hopkins
This map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1872 by the prominent American mapmaker G.M. Hopkins. It depicts Neshannock Township, which is now a constituent of Lawrence County. The township first existed under the same name as part of Mercer County in 1805. Neshannock was one of the original townships in both Mercer and Lawrence Counties. Thomas Fisher of Westmoreland County was one of the first to move to the area in 1798. "King's Chapel," located in Neshannock Township, was the first Methodist Episcopal society founded in Lawrence County in 1802. Lawrence County has a long history leading up to its formation. When people started settling in the area of Lawrence County, it was part of Allegheny County. On March 12, 1800, two new counties were formed from part of Allegheny: Beaver and Mercer. It took several years for a new county to be approved, but Lawrence County was eventually formed from parts of Beaver and Mercer Counties in 1849 due to the rapid growth of New Castle. The county was named after Captain James Lawrence, a naval officer during the War of 1812 who did not "give up the ship."
This stunning map has original hand coloring in shades of orange, pink, yellow and green. This particular map comes from Hopkins' Atlas of the County of Lawrence and the State of Pennsylvania. The map is single paged, and was published by G.M. Hopkins at 320 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, in 1872.
- Jenna Hovis
Plate size: 14.25" x 12.25"
Condition: Some foxing, great condition otherwise