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Carrying Place Township

South on the Bowtown Road in the Township (2007)

South on the Bowtown Road in the Township (2007)

Sign Describing Arnold Landing (2007)

Sign Describing Arnold Landing (2007)

Sign Describing "The Great Carrying Place" (2007)

Sign Describing “The Great Carrying Place” (2007)

Carroll Plantation Population Chart 1970-2010

Population Trend 1970-2010

The township is immediately west of the Kennebec River, across from Caratunk, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail.  Access by road begins across the river from Bingham. A right turn  brings one to the Carry Pond Road, which proceeds north and becomes a gravel traveled way.

Sign Warning of the Dangerous River Crossing (2007)

Sign Warning of the Dangerous River Crossing (2007)

The right fork about three miles further becomes the Bowtown Road, which crosses the Appalachian Trail at the extreme north of the township.

Hikers proceed toward the Kennebec along Pierce Pond Stream in the northeast corner of the township to where the stream empties into the river.  They then signal the Kennebec Ferryman and await a canoe ride across to Caratunk.

The Kennebec River Crossing to Caratunk (2007)

The Kennebec River Crossing to Caratunk (2007)

Benedict Arnold’s expedition to Quebec in 1775 entered the township in the south from the Kennebec River at Carrying Place Stream. The Landing is accessible from the Carry Pond Road in Moscow.  At the time of the crossing Wyman Dam, and thus the lake, was not in existence.  Instead of the current easy access at the landing site, the Expedition had to scramble up the river bank because of the lower water level.

The following video reflects a a small “expedition” in June 2017 organized by the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust and led by a member of the Arnold Expedition Historical Society.

See Part 2 in Carrying Place Town Township

Benedict Arnold’s Expedition Route – click a Bateau

Bateau North IconBateau East Icon<== To Quebec                          To Beginning ==>


AT South Boot Icon<=     South    Appalachian Trail – click a boot     North AT North Boot Icon=>

Kennebec River Appalachian Trail Crossing photos courtesy of Brady G. Williams 2007.



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