Now I know what to do with those photos – “thanks” to Heather Wilkinson Rojo at Nutfield Genealogy; she blogs Weekly Wednesday Weathervanes in New Hampshire. Please check out her page and enjoy the many unusual weathervane photos and often you’ll be entertained with a history lesson. It’s amazing at what you can encounter in your travels – You Just Need To Look Up!
Weekend Weathervanes: The Axe Factory… Canton,(Collinsville), CT.
We discovered The Axe Factory on a Sunday afternoon of antiquing; it now houses Antiques on the Farmington. I was more in awe of the building than the antiques on this trip, and spent quite a while walking across the bridge to capture pictures of this old factory; Collinsville is a village located in the town of Canton.
The Axe Factory was founded in 1826 and produced the “first ready to use” axes produced in the United States. It originally was known as The Collins & Company and opened with the purchase of an older gristmill and only a few acres of land situated alongside the Farmington River in Canton. We found all the history on this factory quite interesting and found many of the original axes on display there as well as at the Canton Historical Museum… just next door. If you ever have the opportunity to visit, don’t forget the museum as it is a wealth of interesting items and the top floor is completely filled with trains, trains and more trains!
Before this factory opened, the only axe anyone used only came from their local blacksmith!
They opened the factory with only eight men, with each making only eight axes a day! Like many factories in the North, as they hired more workers the company built housing for them and their families, and the small factory town soon became known as the village of Collinsville.
In 1966, The Collins Company closed it’s doors after 140 years in business.
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