The Library of Congress website has a superb collection of resources in its American Memory collection. There you will find a group of Panoramic maps. They are also known as bird's eye view maps because they show a town from a close but elevated perspective. Because the maps are two-dimensional they really give a feel for what the town as a whole and individual buildings looked like. These particular maps don't provide the home owner's names but if you know your house existed during a particular year it will give you a great feel for how it and the surrounding street looked. The maps are from the mid 18th century to the early 19th century.
There are 29 maps for Maine; 28 for Vermont; 44 for New Hampshire; 119 for Massachusetts; 10 for Rhode Island and 60 for Connecticut.
Here are some highlights to get you started:
|Detail of Kennebunk, Maine (1895) Library of Congress|
Newport, RI (1878)
Amherst, MA (1886)
Ipswich, MA (1893)
Goffstown, NH (1887)
Bennington, VT (1887)
Kennebunk, ME (1895)
But don't think this map collection is limited to New England. You will find panoramic maps for the whole United States.
So start exploring and see if you can find your town or house in this wonderful historic resource!