An Index to Roads Shown in the Albemarle County Surveyors Books, 1744-1853


The establishment and maintenance of public roads were among the most important functions of the county court during the colonial period in Virginia. Each road was opened and maintained by an overseer (or surveyor) of the highways, who was appointed each year by the Gentlemen Justices. The overseer was usually assigned all the able-bodied men (the “Labouring Male Tithables”) living on or near the road. These laborers then furnished their own tools, wagons, and teams and were required to work on the roads for six days each year. County court records relating to roads and transportation are collectively known as “road orders.” The Virginia Transportation Research Council’s published volumes of road orders and related materials contain not only information on early roads, but also the names of inhabitants who lived and worked along the roadways, plantations, farms, landmarks, landforms, and bodies of water. Much of this information is found nowhere else in early records, making these publications invaluable not only to historical and cultural resources research, but also to other disciplines, including social history, preservation planning, environmental science, and genealogy. “This volume was slightly revised in 2003. The revisions primarily constituted changes in typeface and formatting in order to improve legibility, and did not include substantive changes to the text.”


 Virginia Genealogical Society


(1976, 2003), 2005, 8½x11, paper, 14 pp.

ISBN: 9780788436666