The New England factory town of Collinsville, which can still be toured today, once supplied the world with axes, machetes, and other edge tools. …[more]
This rural town in western Hartford County is located on the Farmington River and lies on land originally part of Simsbury. After Canton’s incorporation in 1806, the town’s industries, once dominated by resin, pitch, and turpentine making along with saw and grist mills, diversified. The Collins Axe Company, founded in 1826, used early mass-production techniques and soon became the world-leading axe manufacturer. With this success emerged Collinsville, a company-built village complete with employee housing, stores, bank, and church. The business closed in the 1960s, but the Collinsville historic district remains part of Canton’s economy along with small enterprise, farming, and diverse commercial operations.