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

Canton

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, August 28, 2015
1. Canton Marker
Inscription. Settlement of the area later called Canton, originally part of Simsbury, began in 1737 with the erection of the Richard Case II home on East Hill. The earliest homes were constructed along “Cherry’s” brook. The settlers’ name for the Indian chief Waquaheag, and at Suffrage, the present center of Canton, where the first post office was established in 1798. In 1750 West Simsbury was recognized as a parish, distinct and separate from Simsbury, and the first meeting house was built in 1763 at the present Canton Center. Incorporation was granted in 1806.
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Samuel and David Collins began the manufacture of axes in South Canton in 1826. The growing prosperity of Collins and Company caused the rerouting of the Albany Turnpike through South Canton. This necessitated a post office and the name of the industrial area was changed to Collinsville, honoring the name of Collins. In 1850 Samuel Collins persuaded the “Canal Line Railroad” to build a branch to Collinsville, and by 1859 The Collins Company was established as the world’s largest manufacturer of axes and edged tools.

Erected by the Town of Canton
The Canton Historical Society
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
1975
 
Erected 1975 by Town of Canton, Canton Historical
Canton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 28, 2015
2. Canton Marker
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Society, Connecticut Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 49.498′ N, 72° 53.702′ W. Marker is in Canton, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker is at the intersection of Albany Turnpike (U.S. 44) and Canton Green Road, on the right when traveling east on Albany Turnpike. Click for map. Located on the Canton Green. Marker is in this post office area: Canton CT 06019, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Memory of Phoebe Humphrey (approx. 0.6 miles away); Constitution Oak (approx. 0.9 miles away); Collinsville, Town of Canton (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Collinsville, Town of Canton (approx. 1.5 miles away); Canton Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Charter Oak Offspring (approx. 1.7 miles away); Collinsville- Railroad from both sides (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Collins Company Plow Building (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Canton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Welcome to the Town of Canton, Connecticut. (Submitted on August 30, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Canton, Connecticut on Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 30, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
Canton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 28, 2015
3. Canton Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 179 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page was last revised on December 23, 2016.
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