Canton Historical Society

Canton Historical Society Welcome to Canton's attic. Where our local history comes alive.

Open the second Sunday of each month or by appointment.

The Stone Bridge (Elm Street)
02/09/2020

The Stone Bridge (Elm Street)

There are still some spaces available for today's open house and presentation. Free and we even have home baked snacks!C...
02/09/2020
Quarterly Meeting & Observatory Presentation

There are still some spaces available for today's open house and presentation. Free and we even have home baked snacks!
Click below to reserve your space.

Join the Society at the Quarterly Meeting and learn about the Blue Hill Weather Observatory.

The chimney at the Rising Sun Stove Polish Company was over 125 feet high.
02/02/2020

The chimney at the Rising Sun Stove Polish Company was over 125 feet high.

Join us for a cirrus, um, serious presentation that features the Blue Hill Weather Observatory.
02/02/2020
Quarterly Meeting & Observatory Presentation

Join us for a cirrus, um, serious presentation that features the Blue Hill Weather Observatory.

Join the Society at the Quarterly Meeting and learn about the Blue Hill Weather Observatory.

Soon this building will be demolished. This is the Canton Water Works building on Pine Street.
01/27/2020

Soon this building will be demolished. This is the Canton Water Works building on Pine Street.

With deep sadness we mourn the loss of Sue Gibbs. A core member of our Society, Sue was always dedicated to preserving o...
01/23/2020
View SUSAN GIBBS's Obituary on Boston.com and share memories

With deep sadness we mourn the loss of Sue Gibbs. A core member of our Society, Sue was always dedicated to preserving our history and was a valued member of the Canton Historical Commission as well. May she Rest In Peace.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.legacy.com/amp/obituaries/bostonglobe/195102571

GIBBS, Susan P. (Pineo) Age 63, of Canton, MA, passed away peacefully on January 19, 2020, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family and friend

Just one of the amazing slides we will be sharing on Sunday night. Canton - late 1800’s (circa 1895-1897) a rare look at...
01/18/2020

Just one of the amazing slides we will be sharing on Sunday night. Canton - late 1800’s (circa 1895-1897) a rare look at when the circus came to town.

Tickets are available - we have only had two cancellations as a result of the change of date. This event will be on Sund...
01/18/2020
The French Collection - Canton Slide Show

Tickets are available - we have only had two cancellations as a result of the change of date. This event will be on Sunday, January 19th at 7:00 pm. Click below to purchase your tickets.

Join curators at the Canton Historical Society for an evening slide show of glass slides images taken from the Eliot C. French Collection.

01/18/2020

Due to the impending snowfall and ice, the Society has postponed the event tonight in an abundance of caution. As noted in an earlier email, we will instead present this show tomorrow - Sunday, January 19th at 7:00 pm. Please note that this is a 7:00 pm start time to allow for an earlier end time.

For anyone who wishes a refund, please email [email protected] and we will accommodate your request in due course.

Thank you for understanding.

Take a quick look at some of the upcoming events at the Histy. Our winter newsletter is full of information and events.
01/14/2020
Canton Historical Society - Quarterly - Winter Newsletter

Take a quick look at some of the upcoming events at the Histy. Our winter newsletter is full of information and events.

As a new decade begins, we take stock of the amazing strides our organization has taken to strengthen the Society and further the mission of preserving Canton's historical record. We are proud of the accomplishments and look forward to building more connections between our past and our future throug...

01/12/2020

Rainy day... We are open today from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Stop by and say hello and take a peak at some amazing artifacts and photos. We'd love to welcome you.

Canton Historical Society's cover photo
01/02/2020

Canton Historical Society's cover photo

Join us for a special evening of rare slide views of Canton.
01/02/2020
The French Collection - Canton Slide Show

Join us for a special evening of rare slide views of Canton.

Join curators at the Canton Historical Society for an evening slide show of glass slides images taken from the Eliot C. French Collection.

12/27/2019
Community Preservation Coalition

The CPA has been an amazing asset for Canton’s heritage.

Restoring Canton's historic, 300 year old Tilden House was a labor of love. 47 years, dozens of volunteers, and $400,000 in CPA funds have brought the "Little Red House" back from the brink of extinction. #CommunityPreservationAct Preservation Massachusetts Canton Historical Society https://www.communitypreservation.org/cpa-success-stories/news/tilden-house-canton-reviving-300-year-old-remnant

12/22/2019

We are open today from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Last minute gifts available for your special Cantonites.

A great day for an open house. Make sure to join us again on Sunday, December 22nd.
12/15/2019

A great day for an open house. Make sure to join us again on Sunday, December 22nd.

A festive open house today!! From 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Delicious cider and cocoa, great gift items and our Tilden Gingerbread...
12/15/2019

A festive open house today!! From 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Delicious cider and cocoa, great gift items and our Tilden Gingerbread Raffle. We have decked the halls and all our historians will be on hand. Stop in for five minutes or a few hours. We'd love to see you on this beautiful day. Celebrate Canton's heritage at the Canton Historical Society - 1400 Washington Street.

You are invited... Sunday - 1:00 - 4:00 pm
12/09/2019

You are invited... Sunday - 1:00 - 4:00 pm

A very early snowmobile in Canton. Motor sled - December 31, 1916.
12/09/2019

A very early snowmobile in Canton. Motor sled - December 31, 1916.

The Canton Historical Society will be open on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. We are selling Tilden House Ornaments and Paul...
12/06/2019

The Canton Historical Society will be open on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. We are selling Tilden House Ornaments and Paul Revere Heritage Slates. ALSO - we are raffling off a very special gingerbread Tilden House - that actually lights up!! Buy your raffle ticket on Sunday and then come join us for a holiday party on December 15th and see if you win!!

We are all decked out for the holidays. Come visit. Open every Sunday until Christmas from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
12/01/2019

We are all decked out for the holidays. Come visit. Open every Sunday until Christmas from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Canton Historical Society's cover photo
12/01/2019

Canton Historical Society's cover photo

Check out what's new at the Histy!!The “Little Women Libraries” celebrate Louisa May Alcott’s classic book and the highl...
11/26/2019

Check out what's new at the Histy!!

The “Little Women Libraries” celebrate Louisa May Alcott’s classic book and the highly-anticipated film from Sony Pictures Little Women, portions of which were filmed here in Canton. The movie will make its way to U.S. theaters on December 25.

The Little Women-themed book-sharing box was gifted to the Canton Historical Society. In addition, dozens of Little Women Movie books have been donated to stock our new library. Visitors to the little libraries are invited to take a book or share a book of their own. (And there may just be some additional surprises along the way from the film!)

#LittleWomenLibraries and #OwnYourStory

We are moving forward each and every day. Your support is needed to continue our work.
11/24/2019

We are moving forward each and every day. Your support is needed to continue our work.

Transformation and Preservation.

Have you visited our new Little Free Library.  We just stocked it with great books. Plus, this month stop by and pick up...
11/23/2019

Have you visited our new Little Free Library. We just stocked it with great books. Plus, this month stop by and pick up your copy of the Little Women companion book to the movie! It’s a great hardcover and really awesome. Plenty of free copies. #LittleWomenLibraries #LittleWomenMovie #OwnYourStory.

Ever wonder what Aunt Sophie's cameo is worth? Or what about Dad's old pocket-watch... Maybe you have Cousin Clyde's Vel...
10/21/2019

Ever wonder what Aunt Sophie's cameo is worth? Or what about Dad's old pocket-watch... Maybe you have Cousin Clyde's Velvet Elvis... bring your treasures to our Antique Appraisal Day. Help support the Society and learn about your antiques. Limit two items per person.

10/14/2019
Friends of the Little Red House

What a terrific day. Thanks to all our members for supporting and attending this event at the Friends of the Little Red House Tilden House. More great events to follow.

It was an incredibly rewarding day the Tilden House, as we hosted over 200 people to the project. Children ran through the house, adults marveled at the details, and music filled the air. So many people deserve thanks as we celebrate Phase I and begin plans to move into Phase II. Thank you all who believe in this project.

Join us for our Quarterly Meeting and bring friends and family - October 13th.
10/06/2019

Join us for our Quarterly Meeting and bring friends and family - October 13th.

10/01/2019

Volunteers needed for October 13th Colonial Day Open House at the Tilden from 1:00 - 4:00. Bake a treat, help lead a tour, be a greeter, or simply be part of the crew. If interested, please share a message and we will reach out.

The Quarterly Meeting of the Canton Historical Society will be held at the David & Abigail Tilden House (93 Pleasant Str...
09/20/2019

The Quarterly Meeting of the Canton Historical Society will be held at the David & Abigail Tilden House (93 Pleasant Street) on Sunday, October 13, 2019.

We will have a festive autumn afternoon of tours, music, cider & donuts and special activities. Mr. Paul Revere, the famous patriot, will join us and be available for comments and photographs. We will also thank the carpenters, architects and preservationists who have brought this house back from the brink of extinction. Free and open to all. 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

We recently added some amazing photos of the move of Canton Junction from 1999. Thanks to the donor who left the photos ...
08/18/2019

We recently added some amazing photos of the move of Canton Junction from 1999. Thanks to the donor who left the photos and negatives in our mailbox.

Preservation at the Tilden.
07/12/2019

Preservation at the Tilden.

We just removed the oldest wall in the Tilden House. Portions of the wall will be preserved as an exhibit inside the space to help tell the story of how a first period house was framed and plastered. A new reproduction wall is being fit where the original once stood.

Another CPA project underway. At the First Parish Steeple we are protecting the Paul Revere Bell and saving a critical a...
06/28/2019

Another CPA project underway. At the First Parish Steeple we are protecting the Paul Revere Bell and saving a critical architectural icon in Canton.

Come and see the gold wedding band that was lost in a burial tomb for over 140 years and just recently discovered. On di...
05/12/2019
True Tales from Canton’s Past: Lost and Found | Canton Citizen

Come and see the gold wedding band that was lost in a burial tomb for over 140 years and just recently discovered. On display today!

The following is an excerpt from “Lost and Found,” the latest installment of True Tales from Canton’s Past by local historian George T. Comeau.

Get your horse hitched up and come to the Canton Historical Society TODAY - Free open house from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. And bri...
05/12/2019

Get your horse hitched up and come to the Canton Historical Society TODAY - Free open house from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. And bring your mom!!

A new front door for our home and taking care of our building.
05/08/2019

A new front door for our home and taking care of our building.

We are so proud to introduce the three newest members of the Canton Historical Society. Edward, Daniel and Mary Robin.
05/05/2019

We are so proud to introduce the three newest members of the Canton Historical Society. Edward, Daniel and Mary Robin.

05/03/2019
Tightening the Tilden

Another incredible repair on the structure.

We sistered a new girt into an older oak beam and then tightened the entire east facade with a chain.

Our largest single preservation project to date. Check in and see the detail and workmanship.
04/20/2019

Our largest single preservation project to date. Check in and see the detail and workmanship.

Look at the custom hand cut repair at this corner post. New oak cut into fir timber’s. Old meets new as we repair and preserve with surgical precision.

Hull Forest Products supplied the new oak timbers.

The excise tax for a carriage owned by James Endicott in 1797. $3.75 - outrageous!!
04/17/2019

The excise tax for a carriage owned by James Endicott in 1797. $3.75 - outrageous!!

04/17/2019
Friends of the Little Red House

We are so proud of our preservation efforts at the Tilden House.

We are now working above ground and the work is progressing nicely in beautiful sunshine.

The 121st Annual Meeting of the Canton Historical Society was held to a great crowd. We presented a remarkable exhibit c...
04/14/2019

The 121st Annual Meeting of the Canton Historical Society was held to a great crowd. We presented a remarkable exhibit centered around the Crane’s Guard Flag.

A flag commissioned 196 years ago will be celebrated today at 2:00 pm at the Canton Public Library. With a full exhibit ...
04/14/2019

A flag commissioned 196 years ago will be celebrated today at 2:00 pm at the Canton Public Library. With a full exhibit of items on exhibit. Come and see Canton's rich history. After a two year restoration, we present the Crane's Guard Flag.

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1400 Washington St
Canton, MA
02021

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Come join us and a reincarnation of James Madison at the Stoughton Historical Society, this Sunday at 2:00 pm.
Our father MG William F Ward, Jr. passed away June 21 and we are sorting through many Canton treasures, very old books, maps (1700-1800s), etc. We will assemble them to donate to the Historical Society but it may take us a few months to get through everything. He was raised at 136 Rockland Street among an extended family of Wards, Galligans, Floods, and others. His obit is attached.
Thanks for welcoming our runners to utilize your parking area at the Burlington to Collinsville Classic 10K on May 6. We can't wait to explore your historical town at this year's race!
This is my grandmother's grade school picture at the school that turned into the VFW, now a private residence. I'm guessing circa 1905 or 1906. Faustina Estey Shaw Jennison is third row, fourth from left (above the boy with the white jacket and black tie). Her best friend, Theora Connor ( Aunt to the late Charlie Connor) is two people to the left in the same row. Their neighbor, Herman Paul is in the front row, second from left. Theora died in the Great Inluenza Epidemic in 1918 at age 18 while Herman lived to over age 100. Grandma lived her entire life on Pleasant Street. Her last address was 1115 Pleasant, razed in 1976 where the elderly apartments are now at the corner of Pleasant and Will Drive. She was a lifelong parishiner of the Universalist Church. Her funeral was the last to be held at that church before it was torn down.
My grandparents, Joe and Jeanette Crowley, probably on their wedding day circa 1925 or 1926. I love that the viaduct is in the background. My grandfather worked many years at the Canton Post Office and was Assistant Postmaster until he died in 1962.
Happy New Year! Is anyone on the list researching the Pope family? I have been trying to find more information about the service of my ancestor Frederick Pope's military service between 1757 and 1760. Gardner's article indicates that he was in Major Benjamin Fenno's Troop of Horse in Col. Miller's Regiment in 1757. I believe that was in the Alarm of August, 1757. Gardner also notes service in an expedition to Canada between March and May 1760; however, he does not indicate which expedition.
I was down to take a picture of a historic plague on John Eliot and the Ponkapoag just off Rt. 93 Exit 2A about 1/4 mile west at 2438 Washington St. Canton (right in front of the Watertower and Boy Scout center. While the sign is up on Google Street view when I visited to take a picture of the memorial plague it is gone. Do you know whether the sign is going to be replaced? Was it vandalism that took it? Are there any plans to replace it? The sign originally said: "Ponkapoag Plantation - The north line of Ponkapoag plantation second of the apostle Eliot's praying Indian towns set apart by the Dorchester Proprietors in 1657." The picture below was found at: https://www.bostonusa.com/things-to-do/sightseeing-tours-trails/native-american-trail-project/ Please feel free to email me at: ted.hildebrandt.gordon.edu
A fish story for you Canton folks of a LOT of perch caught at Punkapoag Pond from John Rowe's diary as related by Stoughton guy Edward Llilie Pierce: "John Boylston and Rowe passed the night of July 31, 1767, at the Widow Noyes's in Sharon, after fishing in " Mossepong Pond." The entry of the next day is : " We went to Punkapong Pond and fished there ; we caught 26 dozen of pond perch before ten of clock, which I told. We dined there; after dinner set out for Boston, and got in before dark." August 2. " John Boylston is a good companion, but very fretfull and uneasy in his make. I should be very glad to accompany him at any time on a party of fishing, especially when the fish bites fast." After a night at Doty's, Rowe, Jacobson, and Calef fished, Aug. 18, 1768, in the same pond ; and the entry is : " Had great sport, caught upwards of twenty- seven dozen, and some large fish ; dined at Doty's ; after dinner set out for home, was caught in the rain, stopped at Mr. Clark's at Milton, drank tea there."
Reading on the history of rum. The most famous flip of Colonial times is accredited to a tavern owner in Canton that mixed his drink with cream, eggs, and sugar. Does anyone have any information on this? Curious. Thanks!
Just stopped by the open house at the Historical Society with our grandchildren. George Comeau took the time to explain a lot of the collections and treasures. Very interesting and our grandchildren were very impressed. Thank you George and the other volunteers for your time and knowledge.