Vermont’s Ancient Roads
Roger Hart did a better job of covering the issue of Vermont’s ancient and abandoned roads on GeoCarta — which is to say that he covered them and I didn’t: see here and here. In a nutshell, there are apparently a large number of roads and rights of way that have been forgotten or have fallen into disuse. Municipalities have until July 2009 to map them or they become “unidentified corridors”; such corridors will revert to the surrounding landowners in 2015 unless they’re reclaimed. The Bennington Banner reports on this issue, inasmuch as it impacts the tiny town of Readsboro, which is looking to purchase antique maps to try to determine its missing rights of way.