The outline of the map of Saugerties has the appearance of a keystone. Its western border, following the division line between the Kingston Patent of 1687 and the Hardenberg Patent of 1708, uses the 1803 survey for the Kingston Commons' Northwest and Southwest classes and adjacent lots of the Hardenburgh lands up the Catskill escarpment to make this keystone outline.
That keystone look is not what actually makes the shape of this outline a “key”. The orientation of the left bottom right-angle corner in its description as that of a lot of the Kingston Commons is.
The PDF illustrates the expansion of the town as more of the lots are added and its description continues to cite this relationship to the Kingston Commons.
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Mapping the Kingston Commons
The Great Knot, April 27, 2011
Michael Sullivan Smith, 2015
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