Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are filed in the map case and include:

Topographic maps

These show contours, land features, buildings, cemeteries for Tazewell County.


Historical maps

A historical map of Augusta County, Virginia, 1732-1872.

Map showing 92,100 acre grant for Benjamin Borden lying and being on the west side of the blue Ridge in the county of Augusta, November 6, 1739.

Fincastle County, Virginia, 1772-1777.

Historical map showing Botetourt County, Virginia, 1770-1820.

A historical map of Montgomery County, Virginia giving the names and locations of many of the early adventurers in the territory from 1750 to 1865.

A settlement map of Wythe County, Virginia giving the names and locations of many of the early adventurers in the territory from 1745 to 1858.

Burke's Garden, 1753.

Eldridge, Carrie.  On the frontier of Virginia and North Carolina.


Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Include street names, building location and construction, owners, some land features.  Available for selected years within the following ranges:

  • Bluefield: 1930
  • Pocahontas: 1893-1930
  • Richlands: 1936
  • Tazewell: 1897-1929

Available in print and on microfilm.


General Resources

Doran, Michael F.  Atlas of county boundary changes in Virginia, 1634-1895

Gannett, Henry.  A gazetteer of Virginia and West Virginia.

Kashuba, Melinda.  Walking with your ancestors: a genealogist’s guide to using maps and geography.

Thorndale, William and William Dollarhide.  Map guide to the U.S. federal censuses, 1790-1920

U.S. Geological Survey.  Geographic names information system.

Virginia Division of Mineral Resources. Geographic and cultural names in Virginia.

Birmingham Public Library
Cartography Collection: Virginia
Several of the maps in this collection show county boundaries at different times in Virginia’s history.  Navigation options permit zooming in for detailed views.

Perry-Castaneda Library
Map Collection: Virginia
See historic topographic maps, which include quadrangles covering Tazewell County, pre-1945.

MyTopo
Zoom in on these quadrangle views to see land features, schools, communities in 1947.