Wilmington and Washington Townships, 1872, Hopkins
Wilmington and Washington Townships
This map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1872 by the prominent American mapmaker G.M. Hopkins. It depicts the townships of Wilmington and Washington, located in Lawrence County. Wilmington was established as a township in 1846 when parts of Neshannock Township in Lawrence County were combined with parts of Lackawannock Township in Mercer County. The area that would be known as Washington Township was originally part of Slippery Rock Township of Mercer County, until Slippery Rock was divided in 1849. It was renamed North Slippery Rock until it was again divided in 1854. Washington and Scott Townships resulted from the division, and were constituents of Lawrence County. The 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: 12.25" x 14.25"
Condition: Some foxing, great condition otherwise