The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 26, 2013

History of Surveying in Union County

The Daily Item

— VICKSBURG — The Union County Historical Society is sponsoring a public presentation on the History of Surveying in Union County with surveyors Jack, Alan, and Eric Wagner at 2 p.m. May 5 at the Dreisbach United Church, 875 Dreisbach Church Road, near Vicksburg.

Wagner’s Surveying is a second-generation Union County firm located in Mifflinburg. Jack Wagner, the father, is particularly interested in collecting early surveying instruments and understanding early surveying techniques. Alan Wagner is researching an 18th-century diary of Samuel Maclay (1741-1811), one of our earliest surveyors.

Samuel Maclay (1741-1811) came to the Buffalo Valley after 1770 and served in the Pennsylvania General Assembly from 1787-1791 and 1797-1802, and in the United States Congress from 1794-1797. Maclay was a surveyor, politician, and farmer, and his home is close to the Dreisbach Church and played an important role as a surveyor in the settlement of Union County. He was a member of the Old Buffalo Church in Buffalo Crossroads and then was a parishioner at Dreisbach Church. An obelisk honoring him stands at the Dreisbach cemetery that was near his farm and limestone farmhouse.

The program is free and open to the public.