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This important township fronts on Long Point Bay. It has Houghton to the west, Middleton on the north, and Charlotteville on the east. Its largest stream is Big Creek, which enters the township at the 12th concession on the eastern town line, and after many devious windings flows into the Bay at Port Royal. At the 4th concession Big Creek is joined by its tributary the Venison Creek, which drains the north-western part of the township. The south-eastern portion is drained by Spring Creek, which flows into the bay a little west of Port Rowan. The courses of these streams are in many parts very deep, forming ravines and gulches which impede the traveller but afford very valuable mill sites. Big Creek is the main stream of the county. It rises in the north of Windham, flows south through that township, then traverses Middleton, crosses the north-east corner of Charlotteville for about three miles, and flow through Walsingham. It is through this gate that have gone forth the giants of the forest of a large part of Norfolk. The value of the saw logs that have been floated down this stream the last seventy years is almost incalculable. The natural wealth of the county has been steadily poured out through this channel as the life-blood of a victim flows from his wounded throat.

The soil of this township varies very greatly in different portions. The general character of the land in the south is that of a heavy clay loam. About the centre it becomes sandy, and from this to the north town line there is much excellent land, with occasional ridges of sand. Taken as a whole, Walsingham promises to be one of the finest agricultural districts in the county. Much of it is yet new, especially in the west.

Long Point, which is a tongue of sand extending out into the lake for about thirty miles, was attached to his township for municipal purposes. It is now an island. The "Cut" which separates it from the main land is wide, but too shallow for general navigation. Long Point is now the property of a private company, who bought it and keep it for purposes of shooting and fishing. Immense numbers of wild duck are now found there, and afford much sport for those who are fortunate enough to be shareholders. The sale of this large tract by the government has excited very warm feelings of dissatisfaction among a large number of persons who are thus excluded from a hunting ground common to the public for over half a century. The company have succeeded in greatly increasing the number of ducks, and of late have introduced deer.

From page 58 of the Mika re-print of 1877 Illustrated Historical Atlas of Norfolk County
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