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    The Collins & Company factory opened in 1826 with the purchase of an old gristmill and a few acres of land along the Farmington River in Canton. The company started small with eight men, each making eight axes per day. At the time, workers earned $14 to $16 a month. As the company grew and gained a national reputation for its high-quality axes, new orders flooded in. Soon, the company hired workers from Connecticut and surrounding states to meet the demand. As the number of laborers grew, the company built housing for workers and their families, a Congregational church, bank, and other structures. The emerging factory town became known as Collinsville.

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    They are mostly know for axe's and machetes , bolo's and bowies for the war effort .
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    There making machetes in these photos.
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    The company continued to operate successfully and flourished during World Wars I and II. However, after the Flood of 1955 wiped out the railroad line, the company could not match the foreign competition. Portions of the business were sold to the Stanley Works in New Britain and to other firms. In 1966, the Collins Company closed after 140 years in business.


    On a side note I had this Bolo for some time and now i know who made it.
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    Collinsville and the factory grounds are about 15 minutes from my house. I have an old machete from my grandfather that was made there as well.

    There is mostly nothing in the old factory now. Would make some nice loft apartments/condos though!
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    Amazing story

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyChance View Post
    Collinsville and the factory grounds are about 15 minutes from my house. I have an old machete from my grandfather that was made there as well.

    There is mostly nothing in the old factory now. Would make some nice loft apartments/condos though!
    That is cool, so there is nothing but the shells of the building ?
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    There is an axe museum on the grounds, but it is not in one of the original buildings. The buildings are used somewhat, storage by the landlord? Not sure, but there isn't much going in there that is for sure, not sure what the insides look like these days.
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    With all that water around, it sure would make some beautiful loft space. Apartments, art studios, offices...I'd love to spend my days there.

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    So I stopped by the old Collin's axe factory campus today. It is a little more inhabited than I previously thought, but still no apartments. Several art studios, an antique gallery, some wood working shops, etc.















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