Tucked among the hills of northwestern Connecticut and in the old factory village of Collinsville on the banks of the Farmington River, you’ll find painting, sculpture, pottery, theater, jewelry, music, photography and so much more. It’s a place whose natural beauty and rich history has inspired creative people for well over a century.
No wonder that world famous artists like painter Milton Avery and photographer Walker Evans have come to Canton to work.
Take a drive on winding country roads among rugged forested hills and picturesque farms, enjoy the walkable charm of Collinsville, an intact New England mill village, or dine at the many restaurants serving everything from Thai cuisine to pizza, often in one-of-a-kind historic structures.
Canton is home to Gallery on the Green, Connecticut’s longest running art guild.
Collinsville has a hot music scene on the weekends, and is the home of the award-winning Farmington Valley Stage Company performing in a venue that has seen generations of theater, and of course the renowned Halloween parade, sponsored by the Collinsville Artists Initiative, draws thousands of people who dress in the most creatively ghoulish style.
Come to Canton, where the arts surround you!
You won’t want to leave.
Begun as a subsistence farming community in the eighteenth century, early Canton people had to be creative just to survive and then to thrive. Founded along the Farmington River in 1826, the Collins Company became the world’s largest manufacturer of edge tools such as axes, machetes, knives, and shovels shipped around the world. Creative workmen made hundreds of patterns, some with exotic names to suit a variety of purposes from rubber tapping and banana harvesting to firefighting.
Canton has two districts on the National Register of Historic Places (Canton Center and Collinsville) and a museum full of fascinating artifacts housed in an old factory building that was turned into a 1920s recreation hall.
In Collinsville, Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmsted learned his trade, and John Brown bought weapons to incite a slave rebellion that would start the Civil War.
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