Thursday, September 3, 2009

Metes and Bounds

The Metes and Bounds system of Survey, as used in Tennessee and other eastern states, Hawaii, and Texas, is an earlier system than the Rectangular System of Surveys, (a.k.a. Public Land Survey System) which is used in many states. Simply put, the Metes and Bounds system of survey is an archaic survey system where surveyed tracts are not linked to base line surveys, but rather to neighboring tracts, roads, trees, rocks, meanders of waterways, etc. But it was the best that could be had at the time it was used.

To find out more about the metes and bounds survey system used in Tennessee and throughout Appalachia: Click Here.

For a helpful glossary of terms commonly fond in old Tennessee land documents: Click Here.

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