This is the third year the Canton Historical Museum has hosted the Gallery of Trees. This year, there are 56 decorated trees interspersed throughout two floors of the museum. The trees are beautifully decorated and donated by local businesses, social organizations, students and residents. Each tree participates in a “Tea Box” raffle (a Cup would be too small to hold all the raffle tickets for each tree). Guests can purchase as many tickets ($1 per ticket, $5 for 6 tickets, etc.) as they want and put tickets in one or more “Tea Boxes” for their favorite tree(s). I couldn’t make up my mind which tree was my favorite so I put a raffle ticket in the “Tea Boxes” of all the trees I liked! The drawing will be held on December 11!
Admission to the Gallery of Trees exhibit is free. Proceeds from the “Tea Box” raffles are donated to the Canton Historical Museum. The Gallery of Trees exhibit is open daily from 10am to 4pm though December 11, 2011.
In addition to the Gallery of Trees, there is a lot of history on display at the Canton Historical Museum. Did you know that the Collins Company made 1,300 types of edge tools (axes, machetes, hatchets, picks, swords, knives, shovels, etc.) or that they made 90% of the machetes used in Central and South America or that Collins Company tools were used exclusively to build the Trans-Siberian Railroad? And that was just one exhibit! I also learned from one of the volunteers that the second floor of the museum was a bowling alley until the late 1950’s/early 1960’s.
A visit to the Gallery of Trees is educational, entertaining, and yes, inspirational. The museum volunteers are great and willingly share their knowledge of Canton, Collinsville and the museum’s exhibits. Before leaving, take a few minutes to stop in the Museum Gift Shop. Most of the merchandise is handmade and very reasonable priced. The Canton Historical Museum is located at 11 Front Street, Collinsville CT 06019. About 30 minutes from Hartford, a visit to the Canton Historical Museum and the Gallery of Trees is worth the trip. And the price is right!