Orange — Natural Features

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

      Besides Miller's River, which crosses the town at Orange Centre and divides that village, there are other streams, such as Tully River and Cheney Brook in the east, Orcott and Moss Brooks in the west, and Gulf, Shingle Swamp, and Red Brooks in the south, all of which furnish good water-power. In the east there is a large pond at Furnace village, and Packard Pond at Fryville, both of which have outlets into Tully River. North Pond, in the south, has an area of 78 acres, and is the head-spring of Swift River.
      The most important elevation in the town is Big Tully Mountain, in the northeast. There are also numerous other eminences, as Pitt's Hill, Fall Hill, Beach Hill, and Chestnut Hill. The surface of the town is generally mountainous, except in the southeast corner, although there is comparatively little woodland. In the rocky regions, gneiss and granite are found in abundance.

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