Continuing our journey east from the Goshen Fair and up Rt-4 in search of doors, we have one more stop to make – Collinsville, Connecticut. I will probably offend a few people (at least one that I know of) as I quote from Wikipedia:
“Collinsville is a village and census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Canton, Connecticut, United States. The population was 3,746 at the 2010 census. The central portion of the village is a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
It was built around the Collins Company Axe Factory, a world-renowned manufacturer of edge tools, such as axes, machetes, picks and knives.”
Whether Wikipedia is right or wrong, doesn’t matter. The point worth noting is that there are 169 cities and towns in Connecticut and a large percentage of them were formed around a manufacturing company, or a group of manufacturing companies that comprised an industry. Collinsville is not one of the 169 towns in CT, but Canton is. This is the nature of our state – it’s small and historically, people have seemed driven to make it smaller.
OK, end of history lesson, we’re here to talk about doors. The nice thing about these little villages is that most of them have a central area with a handful of historic buildings, a historic mill building and a historic church or two. Those buildings all have at least one door. If I’m lucky, those doors haven’t been replaced with an aluminum frame and a sheet of glass.
On our way home from the Goshen Fair, Faith added a stop in Collinsville specifically to help me find some doors. That might make her an enabler, but I appreciated her driving me around. It was a hot and humid day and she was an excellent doorscursion driver – she even parallel parked in Collinsville so we could get out and walk along the main street – that’s generosity.
Speaking of generosity, I should mention the founder of this particular feast, Norm Frampton. Each week, Norm gives us the opportunity to join him in gathering and sharing a collection of doors from tiny towns in small states, big cities and whole countries. People come to Norm’s gallery from all over the world. They bring their doors and they add them to the mix. If you like doors, visit the gallery. If you like photographing doors, come to Norm’s place and click the blue frog. He’ll show you how to join the pageant.