Conway, New Hampshire
Conway, N.H., Strafford [now Carroll] co., on Saco river, is 72 miles N.N.E. from Concord, 60 N. by W. from Dover, and 57 N.W. from Portland, Me. Swift river, a considerable and very rapid stream, Pequawkett river, and a stream taking its rise in Walker's pond, the two last affording mill privileges, discharge themselves into Saco river in this town. Saco river here is from 10 to 12 rods wide, and about 2 feet deep; its current rapid and broken by falls. This river has been known to rise 27 and even 30 feet in the course of 24 hours. The largest collections of water in Conway are a part of Walker's pond, and Little Pequawkett pond, which lie in the south part of the town. There is a detached block of granite on the southern side of Pine hill, the largest perhaps in the state. A spring near the centre of the town, on the bank of Cold brook, strongly impregnated with sulphur, has been visited frequently by the infirm, and in many instances found beneficial. There are also in this town large quantities of magnesia and fuller's earth. The intervale along the river is from 50 to 220 yards wide. The plain, when properly cultivated, produces large crops of corn and rye. Conway is quite a resort for travellers from the east and south to the White Mountains. From Conway village to Crawford's house, at the Notch, is 34 miles N.W. Daniel Foster, in 1765, obtained a grant of this township, containing 21,040 acres, on condition that each grantee should pay a rent of one ear of Indian corn annually for the space of ten years, if demanded. Population, 1830, 1,601. — John Hayward, The New England Gazetteer, 1839.