Papers Read Before the Lancaster County Historical Society Volume 25-26

Papers Read Before the Lancaster County Historical Society Volume 25-26

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...or taverns. And yet the public houses were among the most valuable and necessary places, used for transaction of public business, twenty years later in the Revolutionary War times. The reason is evident. There were no public houses of note until after the roads were first in existence. When the roads were well established, then the public houses sprang up on them, to accomodate those who used the highways. Nearly all the towns of our county owe their existence and place of location to the mills and churches, which called the roads into being and which were important places at the termini of the roads. The villages sprang up at the termini and at the intersection of these roads (when the roads came into existence) and along their routes. This we should not forget. The mill was the most important improvement, at the beginning of our settlement in a civil sense and the millers were the lords of the land. We notice also, that the mills were not numerously built on the largest streams where the greater power could be had, but on the tributaries and on the smaller head waters. It was too costly to build dams on great streams and then, to, there was more fall in the tributaries and toward the head of the streams, farther up stream. This treatise is accompanied by a map, illustrating where the 93 roads to be herein discussed are located. On the map, the year in which each road proceeding was begun, is indicated by the side of the road and the number of the docket and the page where the record is found, are also similiarly indicated. Thus a road laid out in 1730 and rccorded in Docket 1. page 45 is indicated, on the map thus "l730--1-45," By this means any of the road records may be found in full on the docketc. The discussion herein is...
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  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 358g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236872711
  • 9781236872715