I've just finished reading a remarkable book, one that I thought was out of
print but which turns out to be readily available (thanks Mary Bell!)
It's called "Surveyors and Statesmen: Land Measuring in Colonial Virginia",
by Sarah S. Hughes.
This is an extremely detailed account (lots and lots of names and dates and
places) of how the technology of surveying evolved in colonial Virginia, how
the surveyors became men of standing and influence, the political struggles
in which they were involved, and how their jobs changed as the colony was
settled. I can't even begin to describe how much I learned from it! But a
warning is in order. It's written like a doctoral thesis and is packed with
so much information that it's a bit like my grandmother's fudge-- so rich
that a bite lasts a long time!
You can order the book from the
Virginia Association of Surveyors,
8752 Landmark Road, Richmond VA 23228
Voice: (804) 262-1351 | Fax: (804) 262-0511
The price is $25 plus a few dollars for shipping.