Category archives for: Canton History

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Honor Village

Emblazoned on the back of the Ford truck rattling through Canton Center is a bumper sticker that reads “Support Our Troops.” And in Canton, we are most fortunate to have a veterans agent who has worked for years to raise the status of our troops such that it is a no-brainer when it comes to […]

True Tales Excerpt: Hiram’s Notes

The following is an excerpt from “Hiram’s Notes,” the latest installment of True Tales from Canton’s Past by local historian George T. Comeau. It is indeed curious to look upon seemingly random jottings and build a portrait of a person whom we have never met. It’s a simple gesture, a note that records the cycle […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Canton’s Waterwheels

A view circa 1880 of the falls that drop through the Revere & Sons Rolling Mill (Courtesy of the Canton Historical Society)

There was a time when the early factory system in New England was inextricably tied to the social welfare of the workers and their families. This was part of the social contract in the early 19th century that led to the building of large-scale factories and industrialization throughout the waterways of the region. When you […]

Canton’s First Parish celebrates 300-year milestone

Rep. Bill Galvin and Senator Walter Timilty present a state resolution to Rev. Roger Peltier as 'Paul Revere' looks on. (Jay Turner photo)

History came alive at Canton’s oldest church on Saturday as First Parish Unitarian-Universalist marked its 300th anniversary with a town-wide celebration on the parish green. Held on a picture-perfect day under bright blue skies, the event featured a “living timeline” exhibit, narrated tours, games and activities for children, a live outdoor concert, and presentations from […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Military Portraits

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They were the daughters, the brothers, the parents, and the soldiers themselves. They came to share their stories. Some neighbors shared heroic tales, and others told of sadness and loss. And in the voices of these people was pride and patriotism. The ideals of our nation lay bare in their hands. They carried brittle yellow […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: The Water Works

Selectmen and water engineers pose at the Town Well in 1888.

It was one of the largest town meetings in anyone’s memory. Hundreds of men packed Memorial Hall in April 1884. The topic at hand was the establishment of a committee that would investigate the sources of water supply available to the town. The discussion had begun as early as 1882, and now the town was […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: We Are All Citizens

The interior of the Canton Historical Society where the author spends quite a bit of his time

The following is an excerpt from “We Are All Citizens,” the latest installment of True Tales from Canton’s Past by local historian George T. Comeau. There was a message on my voicemail on the second week of August. Sue Gibbs was letting me know that I had been named “Citizen of the Year” and that […]

True Tales: Treason and Revolution

A woodcut of the First Parish Church that served the congregation from 1747-1824 (Collection of the Canton Historical Society)

On an August night in 1776, long shadows cast across the room as Samuel Dunbar sat in his study contemplating what he was about to do. The die had already been cast, yet he would find in his voice the moral, religious, and political authority to do what would certainly be considered high treason against […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Mrs. Brown’s Hotel

Mrs. Brown’s Hotel as it looks today on Washington Street, built around 1865.

In the 1870s, Mrs. Brown’s House was the center of the celebrity world in Canton. With a handsome mansard roof situated along a beautiful street lined with ancient elm trees, this was Canton’s grand hotel. Anyone coming to stay in Canton would find a room at Mrs. Brown’s, and now we know the guest list […]

Canton connections abound at Eustis Estate

The Eustis Estate in Milton is now open to the public for tours. (Rick Haddad photo)

Since opening to the public in May, the historic Eustis Estate in Milton has received a lot of attention. Amanda Crabb, museum shop sales clerk said, “People are excited about it. They have been driving past it for years.” The new Blue Hills area destination has also been the focus of media stories, including by […]

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