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1915 Map of North River

My interest in ditches (and shores) led to exploring the North River's history. And this led me to a wonderful 1915 map. I tracked down some originals of the map (just sheets 1, 3, 5, & 7 of seven). Higher resolution copies are available in my photo gallery at

Below is more information about the map.

1915 Map of North River


“Plan of North River in the Towns of Scituate, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke & Hanover” (MA Harbor and Land Commission, 1915), seven sheets, copy available from North River Commission, It is in PDF format, not high resolution.


The plan was prepared in connection with this report -- “1915 House Bill 1850. Report Relative To The Improvement Of Salem Harbor, North River, Wellfleet Harbor, Edgartown Harbor And Wareham River, And To Building A Breakwater In Provincetown Harbor.” (Boston: Board of Harbor and Land Commissioners, 1915), 7-15,; in collection with permanent URI,


After a diligent search for the original plan, I found that the Massachusetts Archives had sheets 1, 3, 5, and 7 of the seven sheets. Thanks to the help of Caitlin and Bill, these have been copied, and I have edited them into the accompanying, reasonably-sized JPEG photos in higher resolution. These should be helpful for historical and ecological research.


If you know of any other originals, please let me know.


Copies are not available at State Library

Copies at Scituate Archives are low-resolution

Online copies at Plymouth County Registry of Deeds are also low-resolution

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