How do you make a map of Maycomb in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee with supporting evidence in the book like pages and quotes?
Below are 30 locations from To Kill a Mockingbird with quotations.
FINCH'S LANDING. Atticus' homestead, now inhabited by his sister Alexandra, where Scout "split my knuckle to the bone" on Francis' front teeth.
MAYCOMB JUNCTION. The nearest train station "in Abbott County."
MAYCOMB COUNTY JAIL. "The most venerable and hideous of the county's buildings," it was next to the newspaper office.
OLD SARUM. An area in the northern part of the county, where "an enormous and confusing tribe domiciled"--the Cunninghams.
FIRST PURCHASE AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH. Calpurnia's church, "in the Quarters, outside the southern town limits."
MAYCOMB ALABAMA METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH SOUTH. Home of Aunt Alexandra's missionary circle, who were "fighting the good fight all over the house."
DEW-DROP INN & FISHING CAMP. "The county's riverside gambling hell," where they "experimened with stumphole whiskey."
MAYCOMB COUNTY COURTHOUSE. Downtown, where Reverend Sykes told Scout to "stand up. Your father's passin'."
COURTHOUSE OUTHOUSE. Where Arthur Radley (before he was "Boo") locked "Maycomb's ancient beadle, Mr. Connor."
THE MAYCOMB TRIBUNE OFFICE. Next to the jail, it is the home of Braxton Bragg Underwood, "who made up every edition."
MAYCOMB SCHOOL. Bordering the Radley Place, where Miss Caroline "pointed a shaking finger" at the cootie "that crawled our of his (Burris Ewell's) hair."
MAYCOMB POST OFFICE. "At the far end of the street" from the Finch house.
MAYCOMB BANK. Downtown, where Atticus "moved (his office) to quieter quarters."
TYNDAL'S HARDWARE STORE. "Wedged between...the Maycomb Tribune office" and the jail.
JITNEY JUNGLE. Near the courthouse and post office, this downtown convenience store was where Miss Stephanie was leaving when "she had seen it all," describing Bob Ewell spitting on Atticus.
MAYCO DRUG STORE. "Where we would see only a couple of farmers studying the enema bags" in the window.
V. J. ELMORE'S DEPARTMENT STORE. Where Scout "had long had my eye on a baton."
DEER'S PASTURE. Bordered the school yard, where Jem "went the back way" to retrieve his pants from the Radley collard patch.
ATTICUS FINCH'S HOUSE. Home of Scout and Jem, "on the main residential street in town."
RADLEY PLACE. Three doors to the south of the Finch house, home of "the meanest man God ever blew breath into" and his son, Boo.
MISS RACHEL HAVERFORD'S HOUSE. Next door to the Finch house, where Dill "would be spending every summer" with his Aunt Rachel.
MISS STEPHANIE CRAWFORD'S HOUSE. The biggest gossip in town and "a neighborhood scold," she lived next door to Miss Maudie, across the street from the Finch house.
MISS MAUDIE ATKINSON'S HOUSE. Across the street and one door down from the Finch house, where she made "the best cakes in the neighborhood."
MRS. HENRY DUBOSE. Two doors to the north of the Finch house, where Jem "cut the tops off every camellia bush Mrs. Dubose owned."
BOARDING HOUSE. Across the street from Mrs. Dubose's house, where "Mr. Avery boarded."
CECIL JACOB'S HOUSE. The gentlemanly young Cecil "Lived at the far end of our street next door to the post office."
BOB EWELL'S HOUSE. Near to the dump, the home of "the disgrace of Maycomb for three generations."
HARRY JOHNSON'S HOUSE. The owner of Tim Johnson, the rabid dog, Mr. Johnson "drove the Mobile bus and lived on the southern edge of town."
MISS TUTTI & FRUTTI BARBER'S HOUSE. "The only Maycomb residence boasting a cellar."
BAKER'S EDDY. A body of water, where Crazy Addie "eventually drowned himself."
The first step to making a map of the novel is to reading carefully with sticky notes in hand. As you come across a place, mark it.
Begin by considering where Maycomb is. It is in Alabama in the 30’s. It is also a small town. There is not going to be much to the town.
I suggest sketching the map first. Begin with the first setting described. In chapter 1 we learn that the courthouse is in a square because “the courthouse sagged in the square” in rainy weather (ch 1). I would make a note of that text and the page. I have included a link to a searchable text of the beginning of the book so you can get accurate page numbers.
We know that there are shops around the square.
People moved slowly then. They ambled across the square, shuffled in and out of the stores around it, took their time about everything. (ch 1)
Although it does not specify, there is a drug store because a Coke shows up later. The courthouse is the center of the town.
Scout states that she lived “on the main residential street in town” (ch 1). We know that her house is there, Stephanie, Miss Dubose and Miss Maudie have houses down the street, Boo’s is on the corner, and the school is behind it.
We also know the both the Ewells and the Robinsons live outside of town, near each other and near the junkyard.