History of Waterford, Maine
A Gazetteer of the
State of Maine
By Geo. J. Varney
Published by B. B. Russell, 57 Cornhill,
Waterford lies in the southern part of the broad middle
section of Oxford County. The township is almost square, with angles marking nearly the points of the compass.
Norway bounds it on the north-east, Albany and Stonham on the north-west, Sweden and Lovell on the south-west,
and Harrison and Bridgton in Cumberland County, on the south-east. Crooked River enters the town on the north-west
side and leaves it at the south-eastern angle in its course completely exemplifying its name. Extending across
the southern portion of the town is a range of ponds, bearing the names of Long, Thomas, Bear and Moose. At the
western angle, lies Kezar Pond, Island Pond, lies near the southern angle, Pappoose Pond near Crooked River in
the north-eastern part, Bog Pond a little south-east of Thomas Pond, Chapin Pond at the north of Kezar, and Duck
Pond on the south-western side of the town. These vary in size from 484 to 50 acres, in the order in which they
are mentioned. In the southern part of the town is a range of three considerable eminences, of which the highest
have the names of Bear and Hawk mountains. In the western part of the town Beek Hill stands solitary and beautiful.
On the outlet of Bear Pond, and near Hawk Mountain, are a saw mill, grist mill, a clothes pin factory, and a hotel.
Waterford post-office and the town-house are at “ Waterford Flat,” on the western side of Thomas Pond. South Waterford
post-office (“Waterford City,”) is on the stream connecting Thomas and Bear ponds. East Waterford post-office (“Rice’s
Junction"), is between Crooked River and Long Pond, on the outlet of the latter. North Waterford is situated
on Crooked River near the north-western side of the town.