|The Old Routes of Travel in Essex County, circa 1633.|
Map of Early Travel Routes in Essex County Area from Sidney Perley's History of Salem, 1924. According to Perley this map was found in the British Museum's Sloane collection by Henry Fitz Waters of Salem in the early 1900s. The map was made about 1633. These paths were the ways of least resistance and were probably made first by animals, then used by Native Americans for centuries. They were adopted by the English settlers and became some of the first streets in the early towns. We use many of these old trails still today, thought they have been paved and widened over the years.