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Early ways and means of travel

Paul Wysmyk, Toronto, Ontario History does not tell how George Leonard –one of the first pioneers — in March of 1786 made his journey to the area. He would have probably come by horse drawn sledge or horseback making use of the frozen Kennebecasis River. In summer he would have had the choice of an Indian canoe or a log dugout. Settlers who followed came by Durham boats, patterned after coal barges used by Robert Durham on the Delaware River. The Great Road of Communication was surveyed in 1786; with the coming of coach travel it became the Post Road, which it is still named today. The way of traveling changed significantly for the Sussex area with the building of the railroad. The first automobile in Sussex was owned by Charles D. Mills in 1905. 

The artist: Paul Wysmyk was born in Hamilton Ontario in 1951 and developed an early interest in art. He launched his mural career in Montreal before heading to Europe to learn more about his craft. He later enrolled in art school in Toronto and went on to work in the film business as a scenic painter and also work as a plaster caster forming decorative moldings for cinema interiors with an older Belgian artisan, Oscar Glass, to whom he became an apprentice. Paul established his own studio in Toronto, painting and exhibiting regularly. He again began concentrating on murals in the 1990s, and has since designed and painted murals in Ontario, Quebec and Maritime Canada.


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