Canton Valley

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Canton is a rural town, incorporated in 1806, in Hartford County, Connecticut. The population was 8,840 at the 2000 census. It is bordered by Granby on the north, Simsbury on the east, Avon and Burlington on the south, New Hartford on the west, and Barkhamsted on the northwest. Running through it is the Farmington River. The town includes the villages of North Canton, Canton Center, Canton (Canton Valley), and Collinsville.

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History

At the Collins ax factory in Collinsville, Elisha Root invented the important industrial technique of die casting.

Points of interest

Canton is home to the 115-acre (0.47 km2) Roaring Brook Nature Center, which has six miles (10 km) of self-guided trails and an interpretive building with a replica of an eastern woodland Indian longhouse.[1] Classes, concerts and a gift shop are also at the nature center. The Mills Pond Recreation Area, a public park, has an Olympic size pool, a wading pool, four tennis courts, two basketball courts, a skate park, a bocce ball pit, a volleyball sand court, a picnic shelter, playscape, soccer field, softball diamond, and passive recreation walking area.[2]

The Canton Historical Museum, in Collinsville, is located in a building of the former Collins Axe Company, one of the first ax factories in the world which was founded by Samuel W. Collins. It displays a 19th-century general store, a post office, a printing press and blacksmith and barber shops. Vehicles, tools and farm implements are also exhibited, as well as a working railroad diorama, Victorian fashions, toys and dolls.[1]

The town is on the Farmington River, and Collinsville Canoe & Kayak is the largest specialty canoe and kayak store in New England. A rail trail also runs through Canton.[3]

Geography

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