The dominant features of this area is the system of waterways comprising that portion of the St. John River which flows between the boundaries of Queens County, and the tributaries of the St. John River, the largest being the Grand Lake, with the smaller Wahsademoak and Maquapit Lakes. These waterways are without falls or rapids and provide a smooth and easy natural means of communication.
The people of Queens County were healthy in those early years and, in general, long-lived. The birth-rate was very high, and most of the children lived to grow up. The climate was healthful, and the soil still had it original nutrients, without the aid of artificial fertilizers. The large families were an economic benefit because they were needed to help with the work both inside and outside the house. Besides the children of that generation were trained to be the best possible kind of insurance against loneliness and destitution when their parents and grandparents were no longer productive. The communities began to grow in spit of outward migration.
Along the upper part of the Washademoak Lake are several traces of early French settlement, such as an area between the bluff below Thornetown and Perry Point. The old settlers claimed that this place was a battle ground when the Acadians were driven from the area.
In 1784, the Parish of Johnston had been settled by the Loyalists along the Washademoak Lake.