North Carolina historical maps online

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Looking for an historical map of North Carolina?

You’re in luck! The Carolina Digital Library and Archives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill now has debuted North Carolina Maps, an online resource that includes digitized versions of more than 3000 maps dating from the late 1500s through 2000, and detailed maps for each of North Carolina’s counties. The online collection includes Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, which, among other things, can be helpful in discovering building locations.

The project notes:

Each map was digitized at a resolution high enough to enable viewers to zoom in close enough to see and read even the smallest details on each image. All of the original scans have been maintained and are available for research, publication, and display.


An effort has been made to identify and include every available map of North Carolina, or of regions, counties, or towns within the state.

Click here to go to the home page of North Carolina Maps.