Catskill Mountains Surveying History
In the early 1700s, Johannes Hardenbergh was granted the Hardenburgh Patent which consisted of approximately two million acres of land in Ulster, Greene, Orange, Sullivan, and Delaware Counties, New York. The Patent was subsequently subdivided into tracts, great lots, and lots, and is the basis for modern-day Catskill Mountain land records. A modern-day survey starts with the retracement of these land records in the appropriate County Clerk’s office and other record keeping facilities. Today, even with all of the recent technological changes, our survey solutions are deeply rooted in ancient land records and recovered monuments of past surveyors.
We take great pride in retracing the steps of William Cockburn (?-1804) and John Kiersted (1786-1862) and more recently Ed West, Norm VanValkenburgh, Dan Dunham, and our own Bill Johnson. While technology has improved efficiencies and eliminated a portion of the labor involved in a typical Catskill Mountain survey, retracement of the forefathers in our profession is paramount in achieving a successful survey conclusion.