Vermont Lotting Plans
The Crafts Plans
Original land grants for northeastern
Vermont by Samuel Crafts
Original land grants for much of
northeastern Vermont are recorded in a small booklet of
maps prepared by Samuel C. Crafts of Craftsbury in about
1800. The “Crafts Plans”, as they are known to surveyors
and other scholars of Vermont’s history, are a
meticulously drawn set of maps of 48 towns, bound in a
small booklet which is now, 2007, carefully preserved by
the Vermont Historical Society. Each of the maps in this
collection shows a complete town divided into its lots.
The importance of the Crafts Plans
has been known to historians for some time. These maps
were carefully copied in the early 20th
century by surveyor Franklin H. Dewart of Burlington.
Dewart’s copies are re-drawn renderings, as copiers did
not exist in his time. His copies are more legible than
the originals in most cases.