The town of Westport has long been tied to the sea. Its abundant rivers provided waterpower for cotton and iron manufacturing, and its protected harbor served as a base for the whaling and fishing industry. Since it was first settled in the 1670s, generations of farmers have worked Westport's soil, and agriculture remains an important part of this coastal community. Water continues to define this community, there is still an active commercial fishing fleet, waterfront cottages fill with summer residents, and day-trippers flock to the long sandy crescent of Horseneck Beach. Westport's beauty is not simply in its past but exists today in the well-preserved 18th- and 19th-century homes, the pristine landscape, and the rich community life of its villages.
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1938 hurricane Adamsville Road Allen automobile became Bell School blacksmith Boan boats building built Cadman's Neck Carolyn Cody Catboats Cecile DeNadal Central Village Charlton Courtesy of Carolyn Courtesy of Cukie Courtesy of Paul Cuffe Cukie Macomber Dartmouth developed Drift Road East Beach established Fall River farmers farms fishing gather Gifford Gooseberry Island Head of Westport Hix Bridge Road Horseneck Beach Interstate 195 Kirby known Lincoln Park Little Compton located Main Road miles mill North Westport Old County Road original Paul and Cecile Paul Cuffe photograph shows pictured Pond Meadow post office Potter Remington's Clambake Pavilion residents sailing Sherman ships side South stands Surfside Hotel Tony Connors town landing Tripp U.S. Route wagon Wampanoag Watuppa Pond West Beach Westport Factory Westport Fair Westport Harbor Westport Historical Society Westport Manufacturing Company Westport Point Westport River Westport Town whaling industry whaling masters Wharf wharves