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    The earliest method of transportation was by water, but soon bridle paths and ox roads led from farm to farm.  As early as 1810 a main road was laid out with side roads leading to the water.  With the building of the dike bridge the West Shore Road was established.  At the beginning the town was divided into districts and each district was responsible for building and maintaining its share of the early dirt roads, collecting the taxes, etc.  Many men and occasionally a woman "worked out his taxes" by labor or use of his oxen.  Fences were used only to close in the gardens or rye yards and the cattle and sheep were allowed to roam.  As most of the farms went across the island, gates were used where the main road went from one property to the next, giving rise to places named Greenleaf's Gate or Wal Pierce's Bars.

 

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