The Early History of North Westport
The area now know as North Westport is a place that deserves more attention than it has previously received, and there’s no better place to start than at the very beginning of European settlement in this part of town. This was a land carved out and carved up differently in many respects from other parts of Westport. This talk is the beginning phase of a much larger project delving into the rich history North Westport and the surrounding areas.
Utilizing a mix of old maps, deeds, field surveys, surrounding land purchases, and Proprietors records, Albert Lees III, President of the Westport Historical Society, will focus on shifting boundaries, land ownership during the first one-hundred years (1650’s-1750’s approximately) and begin to explore the earliest travel routes that impacted this part of town. Particular emphasis will be placed on the fluidity of “ownership” and the importance of cross-border exchange.