History of Palermo, Maine
A Gazetteer of the
State of Maine
By Geo. J. Varney
Published by B. B. Russell, 57 Cornhill,
Palermo, the south-western town of Waldo County, has
Montville and Liberty on the east, Freedom in Waldo, and Albion in Kennebec County on the north, China on the west,
arid Somerville in Lincoln, and Washington in Knox County on the south. This town is about 8½ miles long
N.N.E. and S.S.W., and about 5½ miles in width. The surface is generally varied with hilld and dales; and
having good roads, is extremely pleasant for summer drives. Sheepscot Great Pond, 1½ square miles in area,
lies in the southern part of the town. Branch Pond, on the north-western border, is the next in size; and scattered
over the town are numerous smaller ones. The soil is good, consisting mainly of a gravelly loam. The inhabitants
are principally devoted to agriculture. The largest village is Branch Mills (Palermo P. 0.), but a portion of it
is in the adjoining town of China. It is situated on the outlet of Branch Pond on the western line. There are at
this place eight mills manufacturing boards, shingles, staves and headings. At North Palerma is a manufactory of
drag-rakes; at the Centre is a board and shingle-mill, and a stone quarry; at East Palermo are two lumber-mills.
This town is 25 miles west of Belfast, on the stage-route to Augusta, the latter being about 18 miles distant.
Vassalboro is the nearest railroad station.