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Hansel Fardon
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« Reply #30 on: July 04, 2015, 02:51:35 AM »

It was probably taken out since Alna Center was right next door. I wonder if the road is still visible today...
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Carl Soderstrom
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« Reply #31 on: July 04, 2015, 04:02:55 AM »

Does not the Town historical society have early maps of roads before the railroad?
I know Woodstock in CT there are maps of the early 1700s or was it 1800s(?) As I recall.
Most old roads were bordered by stone walls 1 Chain apart (66ft)
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Pete "Cosmo" Barrington
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« Reply #32 on: July 04, 2015, 04:13:49 AM »

Yeah, I was wondering about the stone walls myself. Unless the stones were all moved completely and the road itself became part of Albee's fields, there ought to be some traces of it out there someplace. But considering that the property line(s) would have ended at the road (this assuming it WAS in fact a "public" road,) then unless the road itself was purchased or reverted to the adjacent/original owners...
Perhaps a map showing property lines would be of use here?
Otherwise, my guess would be that the road at TOM is the road in question.
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« Reply #33 on: July 04, 2015, 06:22:25 AM »

I would be very surprised if there isn't a map of 19th-century town roads and/or property lines in Alna available somewhere. A quick online search of the collections of the Maine Historical Society shows they have several 18th-century maps of Alna, for example this "Plan of Lots on the Sheepscot River, Alna, 1798" [http://www.mainememory.net/artifact/12943/enlarge] -- right place, just a hundred years too early!

With regard to stone walls, just because there's a wall there doesn't exclude the possibility of an even earlier road. When I was in graduate school I spent some time researching the history of a large tract of forest land (much of it once farmed) that's now owned by Yale University in the northeast corner of Connecticut (partly in Woodstock, CT in fact!), and so spent a lot of time in the town land records searching for deeds and following the chain of ownership back. I found several examples of old town roads that had been discontinued in the 1800s and had just disappeared from the landscape as adjacent landowners (to whom the roads reverted) just moved the walls over or threw up new walls and expanded their fields to occupy the new ground.

It sounds like a trip to Alna town hall might be in order. I would love to take part in this research but I don't know when I will be back up again this summer -- maybe not until August.
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