Sharpsburg History

DEED CHAINS AND HOUSE HISTORIES

 

This map shows the Sharpsburg town lots and their numbers, and the names of the buyers during the land rush when Joseph Chapline first sold lots on January 20th and 21st, 1764. Note that North is toward the right.

The original town lots were 103 x 206 feet, except for those on the town square, which were 103 x 184 to 186 feet long.

 

 

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The map is based mainly on the Sharpsburg town map in the 1877 Illustrated Atlas of Washington County, by Lake, Griffing & Stevenson, re-published by Unigraphic Inc. in 1975. That map seems to be very accurate, except for the mis-numbering of Lot 145 as 154.

A few more lot numbers are added (in blue) on the east end of town, from the 1945 County Surveyor’s map. Four lots in the northwest corner were never numbered, so now they have letters, for reference in our files.

We have added the nearest Out Lots, based on the Atlas map of the Sharpsburg Election District. They were exactly 5 acres each (20 x 40 perches or 330 x 660 feet), and intended by Chapline to be used only for farming. After the Revolution, Sharpsburg was in the running to be the national Capitol, and it was reported in the late 1800’s that Chapline had laid out streets near Sharpsburg for that possibility. It seems to have been inferred that these lots and alleys were laid out with that in mind, but we have not found any contemporary record of that. He started to sell them (14 of them) on 26 March, 1764.

From our scaling of the out lots, we find that the Atlas map doesn’t have them quite to scale.      They are known to have been along still-existing alleys approximately as shown. We have not yet found any Out Lot deeds that give precise survey locations.

 

Click the links below for archived documents.

Lot 1, East Main & South Mechanic Streets

     Photo of Town Spring

     Photo, Lot 1, Town Hall and Masonic Hall

     Photo, Lot 1, 105 South Mechanic Street

     Photo, Lot 1, 107 South Mechanic Street

     Photo, Lot 1, 111 South Mechanic Street

Lot 2, 110, 112, 114 East Main Street

     Photo, Lot 2, 110-112 E. Main, Alley to Spring

     Photo, Lot 2, 114 E. Main, Rohrbach's Tavern

Lot 5, 128 East Main Street

     Photo, Lot 5, 128 E. Main St

Lot 4e,  124 East Main St.

Lot 6, 130 & 132 East Main St.

     Photo of Lot 6, 130 East Main St.

     Photo of Lot 6, 132 East Main St.

Lot 4e,  124 East Main St.

Lot 11, 111 and 113 E. Antietam St.

     Photo of Lot 11, 111 East Antietam St.

     Photo 0f Lot 11, 113 East Antietam St.

Lot31, 111 Antietam St.

     Photo of Lot 31, 111 Antietam St.    

Lot 34, 106, 108, 110, 112, 114 S. Mechanic St.

     Photo of 106 S. Mechanic St.

     Photo of 108 S. Mechanic St.

     Photo of 110 S. Mechanic St.

     Photo of 112 S. Mechanic St.

     Photo of 114 S. Mechanic St.

Lot 35, 100 W. Main & 104 S. Mechanic St.

     Photo 0f 100 West Main St.

     Photo of 104 South Mechanic St.

Lot 49, 101 and 103 & 105 E. Main St.

     Photo of 101 E. Main St.

     Photo of 103 & 105 E. Main St.

Lot 50, 107-109, 111-113 E. Main St.

     Photo of Lot 50, 107 E. Main St.

     Photo of Lot 50, 111 E. Main St.

Lot 52, Brethren Church and 125 E. Main St.

       Photo of Lot 52, 123 E. Main St. (Brethren Church)

       Photo of Lot 52, 125 E. Main St.

Lot 55, 137 E. Main, 10x N.Church St.

     Photo of Lot 55, 137 E. Main St.

     Photo of 10x N. Church St.

Lot 84, 113, 115, 117, 119-121, 127 S. Mechanic St.

     Photo of 113-115 S. Mechanic St.

     Photo of 117 S. Mechanic St.

     Photo of 119-121 S. Mechanic St.

     Photo of 127 S. Mechanic St.

Lot 130, 201 and 205 W. Main St.

     Photo of Lot 130, 201 W. Main St.

     Photo of Lot 130, 205 W. Main St.

Lot 144, 109 South Church St.

     Photo of Lot 144, 109 S. Church St.

Lot 145, 200 East Main St.

     Photo of Lot 145, 200 E. Main St.

Lot A, 229 West Chapline St.

     Photo of Lot A, 229 W. Chapline St.

Lot D, 306 West Chapline St.

     Photo of Lot D, 306 W. Chapline St.