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This township lies in the south eastern angle of the county, and consists of six concessions and a broken front bordering on Long Point Bay. There is also a wedge-shaped tract on the west called the Gore of Woodhouse. In area, therefore, it is somewhat over one half of an ordinary township. It is, however, a very wealthy and important township. Its main artery of travel was formerly the Hamilton and Port Dover Plank Road, connecting it with Hamilton fifty miles distant. This road is said to have cost originally $150,000. But now a good gravel road leading through Simcoe and Delhi connects it with Norwichville, while the Port Dover and Woodstock Railway gives it direct connection with all the counties north and west. Direct railway communication with Hamilton is expected. It has two excellent harbors, Port Dover and Port Ryerse, and is well watered by the River Lynn, Black Creek, Hay Creek and Young's Creek. The soil is generally a clay loam, with patches of sandy loam in the south and west. There are numerous limestone quarries. The timber is mostly hardwood, oak being very abundant. The lofty clay banks which line the shore are in many parts covered with the most beautiful groves of beech and maple, and command a fine view of Long Point Bay and Long Point Island.

From page 60 of the Mika re-print of 1877 Illustrated Historical Atlas of Norfolk County
Copyright 1997-2012 John Cardiff and Norfolk Historical Society

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