Vermeule’s Map of the Pines

by Boyd Ostroff

Data Source

This map is hosted at


This new map is based on 54 topographic maps of Southern New Jersey by topographer C. C Vermeule for the New Jersey Geological and Water Survey during the period 1870-1887. The original maps were downloaded from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water Supply and Geoscience. The downloaded PDF files were converted to TIFF files and georeferenced by aligning their 1-minute grids with high resolution modern data. Each map was then color-corrected with Photoshop, cropped to its grid boundary and stitched into a seamless map that was converted into map tiles for online use. A notable feature of the Vermeule maps is their scale of 3 inches = 1 mile, or 1:21,120 – which is actually higher resolution than modern 1:24,000 (24k) USGS topographic maps.


Original maps from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water Supply and Geoscience:

Access/Use Constraints

Vermeule’s Map of the Pines (“the map”) is available exclusively via the viewer at You may post map links and screenshots on the web, but may not provide live access to the map or use the map data on another website. 

Contact Information

Help and support is available through the Boyd’s Maps forum at

Distribution Liability

Map software is provided ‘as-is’, without any express or implied warranty. In no event will the author be held liable for any damages arising from the installation or use of this software. This map does not contain survey grade data and no representations are made as to its accuracy. The user assumes all risks associated with installation and use of this software. This map is intended for reference, educational and recreational purposes only. The author will not be held responsible for any inaccuracies and no responsibility is assumed for damages or other liabilities due to errors, installation, accuracy, availability, use or misuse of the data presented.

Downloadable Version for Offline Use

There are no plans for a downloadable version of this map. will be gradually phasing out downloadable maps during 2021.