Category archives for: Canton History

The Water Works

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

The following is an excerpt from “The Water Works,” the latest installment of True Tales from Canton’s Past by local historian George T. Comeau. 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 […]

True Tales: 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 […]

True Tales: Remembering the Civil War

This story originally appeared in the Canton Citizen on May 5, 2011. It may be cliché to say that you can touch history, but in all honesty, our history is made up of the places, artifacts and stories that we preserve for future generations to “touch.” Nowhere is this more evident than in the new […]

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 […]

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