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Revere’s shining legacy

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The historic Revere rolling mill recently received a new copper roof with materials supplied by Revere Copper Products Inc. — a direct descendant of the original Revere & Sons Copper Co. that was founded in Canton in 1801. Plans are in the works to construct a heritage park on the site utilizing both the mill […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Cooking With Gas

A group of men from the Canton Board of Trade at an outing in 1916 (Courtesy of the Canton Historical Society)

The trustees of the Canton Public Library are in the midst of developing a strategic plan that will help shape services and support for a changing community. Just how much we have stayed the same is apparent by the vision statements that have been developed by the various citizens that are guiding the process. The […]

MAC: History of American Legion Beatty Post 24

Did you know … It was 100 years ago on April 6, 1917, when then U.S. President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany. This is a very solemn reminder of the more than 116,000 U.S. troops who sacrificed so others might live in peace and freedom. By the end of the war, […]

Historical Society presents Clara Barton

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The Canton Historical Society invites the public to a performance featuring Sheryl Faye, a historical re-enactor who will present a living history portrayal of Clara Barton. This event will be held on Sunday, April 9, at 2 p.m. at the Canton Public Library. Faye’s “Historical Women” performance series highlights the profound positive impact women have […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: The Tragic Trio

The wreckage of the Piper Cherokee as it was found that night near the Canton/Stoughton line (Collection of the Canton Historical Society)

The weather in the Bahamas is quite beautiful this time of year, and for the members of the Skycombers Flying Club it would be a perfect way to spend a weekend away after a tough New England winter. In the early 1970s, amateur aviation had become well within the reach of many, and flying clubs […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Dividing Lines

We have this strange attraction to thinking that this is our land. We place fences and markers and boundaries upon our property. We feel aggrieved when a neighbor walks across our land. We feel that it is right to stop others from incursion, only after we ourselves have incurred. And through the ages there is […]

Town at a crossroads with historic ‘Little Red House’

The David Tilden House at Pequitside Farm is the subject of a major preservation project using CPA funds. (Moira Sweetland photo)

Save me! Moaned the little red house, … With eyes of wrinkled glass. Save me! Groaned the old floor boards, … Pegged in centuries past. So begins the poem “Goodbye Little Red House,” penned by Doris Peters as both a lament and a rallying cry for the historic David Tilden House after it was ordered […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Keep Your Powder Dry

An engraved sketch of the original powder house that was built in 1809

On Pequitside Farm there is a wonderful hidden historic site that is worthy of note. Drive past the main house and follow the road until you get to the very rear of the property. As you walk past the community gardens, take a sharp turn to the right and start walking until you reach a […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: A Noble Example

As a boy, Armand Didot looked out of his small home in the far northern French city of Dunkirk less than 10 miles from the newly created border between Belgium. Dunkirk was part of the French Flemish north and Catholicism was the religion of the region. Didot was part of a long line of aristocratic […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Hospital on a Hill

The Marcus Clark House on High Street was also the Canton Hospital from 1916 to 1921. (Courtesy of the Canton Historical Society)

There is no doubt that great fanfare accompanied the crowd that showed up for the opening of the Canton Hospital on that cold day in December 1916. It was, like all things, a labor of love that took over 16 years of vision and planning to come to fruition. And there is no doubt that […]

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