History of Liberty, Maine
A Gazetteer of the
State of Maine
By Geo. J. Varney
Published by B. B. Russell, 57 Cornhill,
Liberty lies in the south-western part of Waldo County,
16 miles W.S.W. of Belfast, on the stage-road from that city to Augusta. The outline of the town is of diamond
form, having its longest axis north and south. Montville bounds it on the south-east, Searsniont lies at the eastern
angle, Palermo on the north-west and west, Washington and Appleton in Knox County, on tile south-west and southeast.
Tile greatest length of the territory is about 8 miles, anti the width, 6. The surface is much broken by rocky
eminences, of which the highest is Haystack Mountain. Others are Coon Mountain and Bowlin Hill. The soil is sandy
in some parts, while in others, especially in the valley, it is a clay loam, of much fertility. Excellent crops
of hay, grain, apples and potatoes reward tile labor of the farmer. The town is noticeable for its numerous large
apple orchards. St. Georgeís Pond, in the northern part of the town, has an area of 2 square miles. Stevenís, Cargillís
and Mud Ponds are tile other sheets of water. The principal streams are the Sheepseot, which crosses the north-western
part of the town, and the St. Georgeís, which is the outlet of the St. Georgeís, Stevenís and Cargillís Ponds.
Liberty Village, situated at the northern border of the town on the outlet of St. Georgeís Pond, is the chief business
centre. There are here an axe-factory, a foundry and machine-shop, two tanneries, five saw-mills, manufacturing
long and short lumber, and a grist-mill, water-wheels, carriages, cultivators, horse rakes, cabinets and coffins,
saddles and harnesses, boot3 and shoes, etc. At South Liberty are two lumber-mills. The nearest railroad station
is at Belfast.