The elusive old road between Woods Corners and South New Berlin

The earliest evidence that a road existed between the Village of Norwich and the hamlet of South New Berlin is the 1855 map. Prior to that there was none. At least that is what the 1829 and 1839 maps by David H. Burr indicate. These maps are all that we have for that era. They were published by the Surveyor General and republished by Stone and Clark in Ithaca.



These maps do show a road between Woods Corners and South New Berlin. Woods Corners is the intersection of what are today County Road 32 (East River Road) and State Route 320 (Kings Settlement Road). The road to South New Berlin continued straight east where Route 320 makes a sharp turn northeast on the eastern side of Thompson Creek.

In one of the photos, Sally Chirlin is standing on Route 320 pointing to where the road used to go. At that time the precursor to Route 320 was on the western side of Thompson Creek, as was described in my article of February 9, 2004.


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