The History of Canton, CT
Beginning as a community where farmers first settled in 1737, the Town of Canton was officially incorporated in 1806. Twenty years later, Canton became part of an industrializing nation with the establishment of the Collins Axe Company, one of the world’s first ax factories. The town is shaped both by its rich industrial history as well as its natural landscape — farmland, the river and surrounding woods.
Over the years, the town grew and modernized as a village center, neighborhoods and businesses built up around it. Today, modern shopping and dining, charming stores and cafes, a walkable downtown and a variety of entertainment options contribute to the unique character of Canton.