Location Map of Beverley's Manor



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The above depiction shows how local topography acted to constrain the boundaries of Beverley's manor. In particular, the southeast boundary is contrained first by the course of the North River, which is in turn constained by the slope of the adjacent Blue Ridge. The surveyor (and presumably William Beverley) choose to align this boundary as close as practical to the Blue Ridge. Had he chosen, Beverley could have encompassed more of the valuable bottom lands to the north of Staunton, in place of the "eastward bulge". The main entry way from eastern Virginia in this area was Three Notch'd Road leading from the Tidewater Plantations to Rockfish Gap. The bulge lay immediately immediately below Rockfish Gap, and including it in his property assured Beverley that his property would be the focal point for settlers coming from eastern Virginia.

In addition, Beverley chose to establish his homeplace (then known as Beverley's Mill Place, now known as Stuanton), astride the trail that would eventually become The Great Philadelphia Wagon Road, but which was even then the main route of travel up the Valley into Maryland and Pennsylvania. Thus, Beveley's choices for where to position his grant, appears to have been carefully calculated to take maximum advantage of the regional transportation routes, and enhancing the value of his property.

Mapping Notes

The above map overlays an outline of Bevelery's Manor on a composite image of USGS topographic maps taken from the US National Atlas site. Position is based on an alignment of the South River (SE corner of Beverley's Map) and the location of Beverley's Mill place (Staunton), which appear on both maps. Positioning of boundary is approximate due to difference in projection as well as some distortion that has crept in during the compositing process. For general purposes this is a reasonably accurate representation of the relation of the Beverley's Manor boundaries. It should not be used for purposes that require a precise display.

Note also that there is a significant distortion along the southern edge of the underlying USGS map where two separate quardangles abut. This is inherent in the original USGS maps, and can not be readily corrected.