This township in Oxford County was named for the original grantee, Josiah
Batchelder.* It borders New Hampshire in the White Mountain National Forest.
Maine Route 113 runs north-south through the township. Portions of the road, also known as the Evans Notch Road, are closed during the winter. Access is then from Gilead in the north or from Stow in the south.
Evans Notch, in the southern portion of the township, is a deep cut among the White Mountains. It is a popular hiking location using the East Royce Mountain Trail to that mountain from two points on Route 113.
In the north, the National Forest hosts a campground at Hastings, not far from where the rock strewn Wild River runs along the Evans Notch Road.
*See Glossary, source # 7.