Historical Research

Most projects that Hunter Research undertakes have a historical research component. This may entail reviewing maps and files in public agencies, gathering information in public or university libraries, or tracing individual property histories in public archives. Interviewing local history experts and knowledgeable residents is integral to much of our research and a task that our staff conducts with respectful and professional curiosity.

Much of our research nowadays is performed on-line and with the help of e-mail, fax and telephone. Using the company's continuous Internet access, our researchers are skilled at navigating the web to quickly extract pertinent historical information from a variety of repositories ranging from the Library of Congress to state and local public archives to research libraries. Where necessary, our staff follows up with well-planned visits to examine original documents.

Hunter Research researchers are especially knowledgeable about historic maps and aerial photographs, which tend to be critical information sources for most cultural resource management projects. We are also skilled in establishing chains of ownership for individual properties extending back into the colonial period, and we routinely conduct genealogical research.

Sample Projects Include:


Pearl S. Buck House
Bucks County, Pennsylvania

In 1934, three years after publication of The Good Earth, author Pearl S. Buck purchased a vacant 19th-century stone farmhouse in Hilltown Township, Pennsylvania.   Continue

Longbridge Farm
South Brunswick Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey

The 18th-century plantation of Longbridge Farm, established in the 1730s by the wealthy Philadelphia merchant, Thomas Lawrence, was one of a small number of elite colonial farming operations in central New Jersey that combined a substantial acreage with a large slave population in a manner more often found in the southern colonies.   Continue

Trenton In 1775 Mapping Project
City of Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey

The purpose of this projectwas to develop detailed map of property ownership and land use for downtown Trenton north of the Assunpink Creek centered around the year of 1775. Such a map is viewed as a means of providing a cartographic and historical geographic context for understanding the urban character of Trenton Town on the eve of the American Revolution and the Battles of Trenton.   Continue