Unlike Griffith and Carleton, Price and Strother themselves conducted the surveys for their map. This helps explain why, though work began in 1789, their manuscript was not finished until 1799. Financial difficulties further delayed publication until 1808.
This informative map depicts the state’s topography, watercourses, road network, county boundaries, meeting houses, and the country seats of major landowners. Note the western extreme of the state, which due to a dispute with Tennessee remains undefined and bears the legend “Boundary not yet settled.”
While working on their state map, Price and Strother were simultaneously employed surveying the holdings of John Gray Blount, who owned millions of acres in the state. The data from these private surveys was incorporated into this map—an example of the frequent intersection of public and private interests in early American mapmaking.