Mapping the Heights

For the last two weeks, I’ve been cataloging 19th century manuscript maps of Brooklyn Heights. These maps represent our collection’s earliest detailed views of the area; they show property ownership, street and waterfront development, businesses and more. I am very excited to be sharing one of these beautiful maps.

The following map was hand-drawn by William C. Pierrepont in 1825. It covers the area north from Joralemon St. to Waring St. and east from the East River to Fulton St. Although the map mainly shows Hezekiah B. Pierrepont’s property, it also shows sold lots, S. Jackson’s Wharf, Pierrepont’s Slip, and a dwelling house. If you would like to learn more about the Pierrepont family, please see description of our archival collection. Enjoy!

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Map of H.B. Pierrepont's property and part of the adjoining land, in the village of Brooklyn, county of Kings and state of New York. Wm. C. Pierrepont. 1825. Pierrepont-1825.Fl. Brooklyn Historical Society Map Collection.

 

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Map of H.B. Pierrepont's property and part of the adjoining land, in the village of Brooklyn, county of Kings and state of New York. Wm. C. Pierrepont. 1825. Pierrepont-1825.Fl. Brooklyn Historical Society Map Collection.

 

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Map of H.B. Pierrepont's property and part of the adjoining land, in the village of Brooklyn, county of Kings and state of New York. Wm. C. Pierrepont. 1825. Pierrepont-1825.Fl. Brooklyn Historical Society Map Collection.

Interested in seeing more maps? You can view the BHS map collection anytime during the library’s open hours, Wed.-Fri., from 1-5 p.m. No appointment is necessary to view most maps. Our cataloged maps can be searched through BobCat and our map inventories through Emma.

Carolyn

About Carolyn

Carolyn is the Project Map Cataloger on a grant-funded project until May 2012. When not reveling in all things cartographic, she enjoys knitting and exploring Brooklyn.
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One Response to Mapping the Heights

  1. William Pierrepont White says:

    Caroline, I’m so glad you put these maps up of people to see. I’ve been wondering what the Pierreponts started with by land in Brooklyn and then how their holdings expanded to include the piers that they eventually used as warehouses. Wm. Constable Pierrepont was a direct ancestor. His daughter, Anna Pierrepont married Wm. Mansfield White and then that branch of the family tree grew. But we know the Pierreponts were instrumental in the growth of Brooklyn in its early years. Thank you for your efforts.

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