Erving — Natural Features
Extracted from "History of the Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts, Volume II," by Louis H. Everts, 1879.
Erving is a town of hills, but none of them are conspicuously lofty elevations. In a range occupying the centre of the town there is a resort for the curious, known as Erving Castle, or the Hermit's Cave. A person who calls himself a hermit has long resided in this hole in a side-hill, and prides himself upon having withdrawn from the world and its fleeting show, while he subsists in a precarious and primitive way upon herbs and such other light nourishment as nature has provided in that region. The Connecticut touches the town's western border, and Miller's River, a rapid and powerful mill-stream, forms a portion of the western and all of the southern boundary. At the village of Miller's Falls this stream makes an abrupt descent of twelve feet, and provides at that point a fine water-power for the Miller's Falls Company, as it does also, at Erving Centre and beyond, to several large manufactories.