Interesting Facts and Legends


Early settlers in the Boothbay region were impressed with the body of water that is now called West Harbor Pond. It reminded them of the beautiful Moselle River in Europe and a musical composition by Austrian G. Herbert Rodwell named "Banks of the Blue Moselle". Local residents referred to this river by that name and it gradually became known as the "Bloom Ozell River".

This is a portion of an old survey plan showing the Bloom Ozell River and other interesting place names such as "Carrying Place Cove" and "Pull and Be Damned Point".

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The plan shown above is a tracing made in 1957 as described in the note shown below:


George Washington was a man of many talents, and he was a skilled surveyor. He used a surveyor's chain (100 links, each link is 7.92 inches) for measuring distances and this chain is on display in his office at Mount Vernon along with other tools that he used.

An example of his survey work: "Beginning at two while in john Parker's Line at the foot of a mountain and on the east and N side the creek and extended with s Parker's line S 57 E 200 poles to two white oaks parker's at N 33 E 24 poles to two white oaks in parker's line thence S 57 E 60 poles to two maples near a blazed hickory in [?] thence S 33 [?] 66 poles to yon creek One hundd and eighty four poles top a red Oak white Oak & hickory saplings on the point of a hill thence-- N 57 W 260: to a chestnut oak on ye S side a large rocky Wt thence along ye side of the S W. N 39 E 160 poles to the bay Two hundd and sixty nine acres..."
from George Washington survey plat for William Naylor, April 12, 1752

Washington as a Surveyor

Mason-Dixon: Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon were best known for their work surveying the 233 mile-long line dividing Pennsylvania and Delaware from Maryland and West Virginia. This massive project took them about four years to complete. The work was done in the mid 1700's to settle a property line dispute.

Crown stone marking the Mason-Dixon line