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Avon Historical Marker
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Walt_Felix
N 41° 48.652 W 072° 50.035
18T E 679924 N 4631044
Quick Description: Avon CT Town Historical Marker, Located on Rt. 44 near the town hall & police buildings. Same inscription on both sides of the marker with original metal over concrete posts.
Location: Connecticut, United States
Date Posted: 4/26/2014 8:40:19 AM
Waymark Code: WMKKCY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NorStar
Views: 4

Long Description:
Same on both sides:

This area, formerly Northington or the North Parish of Farmington, was settled in 1645 on the land that belonged to the Tunxis Indians. It prospered as a farming community and in 1830, after the construction and opening of the Farmington Canal, Avon was incorporated as a separate town with a population of 1,025. It was named after the Avon River in England. The Albany Turnpike (Route 44) was a heavily traveled thoroughfare, and its junction with the canal gave Avon considerable importance during the early to mid-nineteenth century as a transportation and commercial center. The brownstone buildings which house the Town Hall were constructed from local material by the Climax Fuse Company when it was formed in 1884. This firm was purchased by the Ensign Bickford Company in 1907 and the buildings continued to be used for the manufacture of safety fuses until 1968. Many homes now dot the hillsides of Avon which once rang to the call of the canalmen.

Erected by the Town of Avon
The Avon Historical Society, Inc.
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
1979
Marker Name: Avon

Marker Type: Roadside

Date Dedicated / Placed: 1979

Additional Information: Not listed

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