Old map of Virginia by Colton, 1859: Richmond, Alexandria, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Petersburg
Old map of Virginia by Colton, 1859: Richmond, Alexandria, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Petersburg
Old map of Virginia by Colton, 1859: Richmond, Alexandria, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Petersburg

Old map of Virginia by Colton, 1859: Richmond, Alexandria, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Petersburg

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Immerse yourself in the rich history of the United States with this exquisite old map of Virginia, crafted by the esteemed mapmaker J. H. Colton in 1859. Colton is universally recognized as one of the finest American mapmakers of his era, and this piece is a testament to his mastery. His maps are renowned for their accuracy and detail, and this map of Virginia is no exception.

This map captures a unique snapshot of Virginia's history, at a time when the United States was still in its infancy. Many of the settlements that we know today had not yet been founded, and the names and borders that are so familiar to us now were still in flux. This map serves as a fascinating window into the past, allowing us to see how the state of Virginia has evolved over the last 150 years.

The map features the five most notable settlements in Virginia in 1855: Richmond, Alexandria, Norfolk, Lynchburg, and Petersburg. Each of these settlements has its own rich history, and their depiction on this map provides a glimpse into their past. Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is prominently featured, along with Alexandria, a city known for its bustling port and vibrant cultural scene. Norfolk, a key naval base, Lynchburg, an important center for tobacco and manufacturing, and Petersburg, a significant transportation hub, are also depicted.

The level of detail in this map is truly remarkable. Each settlement is accurately placed, and the borders are clearly defined. This map is not just a piece of history, but a work of art that reflects the skill and precision of its creator.

This old map of Virginia by J. H. Colton is more than just a historical artifact. It's a journey back in time, a chance to explore the roots of the United States, and a unique opportunity to appreciate the craftsmanship of one of the finest mapmakers of the era. It's a piece that will undoubtedly spark conversation and ignite curiosity, making it a must-have for any collector or history enthusiast.

Notable Settlements in Virginia

  1. Jamestown (1607): Known as the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. It was known as "James Fort" in its early years.
  2. Williamsburg (1632): Once the capital of the Colony of Virginia, it's known for its significant role in the American Revolution.
  3. Yorktown (1691): Known for the Siege of Yorktown, the decisive battle that ended the American Revolutionary War.
  4. Alexandria (1749): Known for its well-preserved 18th and 19th-century architecture and a bustling port.
  5. Richmond (1742): The modern capital of Virginia, it was a significant center of activity during the Civil War.
  6. Norfolk (1682): Known for its strategic military and transportation significance.
  7. Charlottesville (1762): Home to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's plantation.
  8. Petersburg (1748): A transportation hub known for the Siege of Petersburg during the Civil War.
  9. Fredericksburg (1728): Known for the Battle of Fredericksburg during the Civil War.
  10. Lynchburg (1786): Known as the "City of Seven Hills," it was a center for tobacco and manufacturing.
  11. Winchester (1752): Known for its apple production and the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.
  12. Danville (1793): Known as "The Last Capital of the Confederacy."
  13. Staunton (1747): Birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson.
  14. Leesburg (1758): Known for its historic downtown and as a gateway to DC's Wine Country.
  15. Portsmouth (1752): Known for the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
  16. Roanoke (1852): Known as the "Star City of the South."
  17. Harrisonburg (1780): Known for James Madison University and its vibrant cultural scene.
  18. Salem (1802): Known for Roanoke College, the second oldest Lutheran-related college in the U.S.
  19. Martinsville (1791): Known for its furniture industry and NASCAR racing.
  20. Wytheville (1792): Known for its Chautauqua Festival and as the birthplace of First Lady Edith Bolling Wilson.

Indian Tribes and Territories

  • Powhatan Confederacy: A powerful group of tribes led by Chief Powhatan.
  • Cherokee: A significant tribe in the southern part of Virginia.
  • Monacan: An eastern Siouan tribe located in the Piedmont region.
  • Chickahominy: An Algonquian tribe located in the Tidewater region.

Notable Natural Features

  • Blue Ridge Mountains: A major mountain range in the eastern part of the state.
  • Shenandoah Valley: Known for its scenic beauty and rich history.
  • James River: The longest river in Virginia, it was a significant transportation route.
  • Great Dismal Swamp: A large swamp on the coastal plain of southeastern Virginia.
  • Natural Bridge: A geological formation in Rockbridge County that's a designated Virginia Historic Landmark.

Historical Events (1810-1859)

  • Nat Turner's Rebellion (1831): A slave rebellion led by Nat Turner.
  • Virginia Constitutional Convention (1850-1851): A significant event in the lead-up to the Civil War.
  • John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry (1859): An attempt to start a slave revolt, it was a significant event leading up to the Civil War.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 70in (178cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20in (40.5x51cm) version of this map.

The fifth listing image shows an example of my map personalisation service.

If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my main collection of USA and North America maps.

Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

My standard frame is a gallery style black ash hardwood frame. It is simple and quite modern looking. My standard frame is around 20mm (0.8in) wide.

I use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) for the frame glass. It's lighter and safer than glass - and it looks better, as the reflectivity is lower.

Six standard frame colours are available for free (black, dark brown, dark grey, oak, white and antique gold). Custom framing and mounting/matting is available if you're looking for something else.

Most maps are also available as a framed canvas. The map is printed on matte (not shiny) canvas, stretched over a box frame, and then 'floated' within a simple wood frame. The end result is quite beautiful, and there's no glazing in front of your map.

All frames are provided "ready to hang", with either a string or brackets on the back. Very large frames will have heavy duty hanging plates and/or a mounting baton. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

See some examples of my framed maps and framed canvas maps.

Alternatively, I can also supply old maps on canvas, foam board, cotton rag and other materials.

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For most orders, delivery time is about 3 working days. Personalised and custom made maps take longer, as I have to do the personalisation and send it to you for approval, which usually takes a day or two.

Please note that for larger framed orders (over 40in/100cm), and some other framed sizes, the delivery time will be closer to 7-10 days.

If you need your order to arrive by a certain date, please contact me before you order so that we can find the best way of making sure you get your order in time.

I print and frame maps in 22 countries around the world. This means your map will be made locally, which cuts down on delivery time and reduces the chance of your map being damaged during delivery. There won't be any extra taxes or duties to pay, and we'll put less CO2 into the air.

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My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.

I source original, rare maps from libraries, auction houses and private collections around the world, restore them at my London workshop, and then use specialist giclée inks and printers to create beautiful maps that look even better than the original.

My maps are printed on acid-free archival matte (not glossy) paper that feels very high quality and almost like card. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/200gsm. It's perfect for framing.

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I can also make maps on canvas, cotton rag and other exotic materials.

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If you're looking for the perfect anniversary or housewarming gift, I can personalise your map to make it truly unique. For example, I can add a short message, or highlight an important location, or add your family's coat of arms.

The options are almost infinite. Please see my map personalisation page for some wonderful examples of what's possible.

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Map ageing

I have been asked hundreds of times over the years by customers if they could buy a map that looks even older.

Well, now you can, by selecting Aged before you add a map to your basket.

All the product photos you see on this page show the map in its Original form. This is what the map looks like today.

If you select Aged, I will age your map by hand, using a special and unique process developed through years of studying old maps, talking to researchers to understand the chemistry of aging paper, and of course... lots of practice!

If you're unsure, stick to the Original colour of the map. If you want something a bit darker and older looking, go for Aged.

See some amazing examples of Aged maps.

If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.

I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984. I'm a 5-star Etsy seller. I have sold tens of thousands of maps and have over 4,000 real 5-star reviews.

I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

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