History of Carthage, Maine
A Gazetteer of the
State of Maine
By Geo. J. Varney
Published by B. B. Russell, 57 Cornhill,
Carthage is the south-western town of Franklin County.
Its form is nearly that of a triangle having its acute angle to the west. It is bounded on the north by Weld, east
by Perkin’s Plantation, Number Four, and Wilton, and south by Mexico and Dixfield, in Oxford County. Across the
broad pine-covered plain in the northern and middle part, runs, in a tortuous course southward, Webb’s River, the
outlet of Webb’s Pond. The eastern part of the town is hilly, but the soil in general is moderately good. There
is much limestone in the town; and near the centre is a quarry which has been worked to some extent. Running nearly
north and south in the eastern part of the town is a range of lofty hills, variously known as the Bear, Saddleback,
or Blueberry. The principal village is Berry’s Mills, on Webb’s River, in the western part of the town. It is 29
miles south-west of Farmington, and is connected by stage-line with the Androscoggin Railroad at North Jay. There
are here a gristmill and two lumber and box-mills.