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Avon in Hartford County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Avon

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, July 7, 2010
1. Avon Marker
Inscription.
Avon
This area, formerly Northington or the North Parish of Farmington, was settled in 1645non land that had belonged to the Tunxis Indians. It prospered as a farming community and, in 1830, after the construction and opening of the Farmington Canal, Avon was incorporated as a separate town with a population of 1,025. It was named after the Avon River in England. The Albany Turnpike (Route 44) was a heavily traveled thoroughfare, and its junction with the canal gave Avon considerable importance during the early to mid-nineteenth century as a transportation and commercial center.
The brownstone buildings which house the Town Hall were constructed from local material by the Climax Fuse Company in 1907 and the buildings continued to be used for the manufacture of safety fuses until 1968. Many homes now dot the hillsides of Avon which once rang to the call of the canalmen.
Erected by the Town of Avon
The Avon Historical Society, Inc.
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
1979
 
Erected 1979 by the Town of Avon, The Avon Historical Society, Inc, the Connecticut Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 48.652′ N, 72° 50.035′ W. Marker is in Avon, Connecticut, in Hartford
Avon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 7, 2010
2. Avon Marker
County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 202) and Ensign Drive, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Avon CT 06001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Avon Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Charter Oak descendant (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Constitution Oak (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Farmington Canal in Avon (approx. ¼ mile away); 1st Company Governor's Horse Guards (approx. 1.4 miles away); Birthplace of Wilford Woodruff (approx. 2.6 miles away); Roderick A. White M.D. (approx. 2.7 miles away); Weatogue Soldiers’ Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Avon.
 
Also see . . .
1. Welcome to Avon, CT. (Submitted on July 13, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Avon, Connecticut on Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 13, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 731 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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