January 11, 2012
By: Jessica Robinson
Now that January is here and it’s a new year, you may have thought that your current space isn’t working for you anymore. Or you may have ventured on a new business and need a great space to design. The Collinsville Axe Factory would be a really great space for any event designer, letterpress designer, interior designer, clothing designer or artist. James Tilney is the landlord and has several spaces available. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is just one of the spaces available. 3,400 square foot space has 12 1/2 ft. tall exposed ceilings, original hardwood floor that is painted black, two spacious office type spaces that are carpeted (with hardwood underneath) and pendant lighting. The space has an incredible view of the falls and the quaint historic town of Collinsville center. There is a little kitchen area with wash sink and counter as well as your own private bathroom with sink, toilet and shower. Large windows have a great view of the river. ($2,500 a month for rent, heat and electricity included)
Some HISTORY on Collinsville, Connecticut:
Collinsville is located along the banks of the Farmington River, in the southeast corner of the Town of Canton, bordered by the towns of Avon, Farmington and Burlington. In 1826, Samuel Watkinson Collins, age 24, his brother David, age 21, and their wealthy cousin, William Wells purchased a sawmill property along the Farmington River and began mass producing high quality axes and selling them wholesale throughout the world. The Collins Company constructed housing for its employees, as well as stores, a church, bank and hotel. In the 1920′s, the Company owned as many as 190 houses in Collinsville. The first fire department was organized to protect the factory and its properties in Collinsville and the building and equipment was later donated to the Town of Canton’s volunteer fire department.
The Collins product line grew to include 1,300 types of edge tools, including axes, adzes, machetes, hatchets, picks, knives, swords and bayonets. The Company built dams on the river to produce hydroelectric power to run their production and situated buildings strategically along raceways and turbines to take advantage of this source of water power. In 1966, after 140 years in business, the Collins Company closed its doors, due in part to losses experienced in the devastating Flood of 1955 and changing technologies and economies. Today, about 26 of the original 50+ factory buildings remain and are leased by a variety of tenants, such as; a multi-dealer antiques company, small offices, artist studios, woodworkers and metal workers. The former rail line, which Sam Collins brought to Town, has been converted to a walking and biking trail which connects to several area towns.
The Canton Historical Museum, located at 11 Front St., has a very large collection of Collins Company tools as well as a general store and many items from the Victorian Era. The former Valley House Hotel, on the corner of Main and River Street, has been converted to condominiums. The storefronts and homes in Collinsville retain their early Twentieth Century charm. Canton Town Hall and the the Collinsville Post Office are located downtown. Artists are drawn to the area and help organize a well-attended Halloween Parade each October as well as art shows and other entertaining events throughout the year.
(history from www.visitcollinsville.com website)