Canton & Collinsville

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Canton and Collinsville lie fourteen miles west of the state capital, Hartford, along the Farmington River in the scenic Farmington Valley. Incorporated in 1806, the town has grown from a farming community to a factory town built around the Collins Company, worldrenowned manufacturer of axes and edge tools from 1826 to 1966. The closing of the Collins Company brought a new era of change and growth to a suburban community of unique character and charm. Collinsville is internationally recognized as one of the best preserved nineteenth-century mill villages and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Canton and Collinsville is a hundred-year panorama of Victorian life and its aftermath, with glimpses into local lives and events from 1866 through 1966. Special sections are devoted to never-before-published photographs of the Collins Company and the devastating flood of 1955. Also portrayed are the 1906 Canton centennial celebration, the building of the Nepaug Reservoir Dam, Canton‚'s railroads, and historic homes and landmarks, including churches, schools, and local businesses of the Collinsville Historic District and Canton. Outstanding citizens, such as Congressional Medal of Honor winner William Edgar Simonds, are featured in Canton and Collinsville.
ISBN: 9780738508689
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Connecticut
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Donna Miller grew up in Collinsville and had several relatives who worked for the Collins Company. She is on the Canton Historical Society Board of Directors and is a historical columnist for Canton Life. She has gathered photographs from the archives of the Canton Historical Museum, the private collection of Margaret Hepburn Perry from the Canton Public Library, church archives, family albums, and other private collections, including late-1800s and early-1900s images from glass plate negatives of local photographers Charles B. Harrington, and H.P. Foote. She hopes to inspire younger generations to take an interest in preserving the heritage of Canton and Collinsville.
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