Leverett — Natural Features

Extracted from "History of the Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts, Volume II," by Louis H. Everts, 1879.

      High hills are found in nearly every part of the town save on the west, where Long Plain, a narrow valley, diversifies the landscape. The only stream of importance in the town is Saw-mill River, in the northeast. Roaring Brook, in the southeast, supplies good water-power. Fish Pond, near Leverett village, is a small sheet of clear and deep water, and, as its name implies, is excellent fishing-ground. Pine and chestnut grow in abundance on the hills, and also every variety of timber common to this region. Gravel and sandy loam are the general characteristics of the soil, while grazing-lands are rich and abundant. The hills of Leverett afford charming scenery, and are themselves wildly rugged and picturesque.
      Lead has been found in small quantities in the south part of the town, and some years ago it was mined by a company organized in New York; but the enterprise failed to be remunerative, and has long since been abandoned. Near Long Plain is the White Rock quarry, from which is taken sulphate of baryta, used in the manufacture of white lead. The quarry is still worked, but not extensively.

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