The Canton Bandstand
Canton Green
Built - 1960

Canton is a rural town in Connecticiut that was incorporated in 1806 in Hartford County. Its claim to fame was at the Collins Ax Factory where Elisha Root invented the important industrial technique of die casting. Canton is the home of the 115-acre Roaring Brook Nature Center which is composed of six miles of self-guided trails with a building that has a replica of an eastern woodland Indian longhouse which also has classes, concerts and a gift shop and is a popular tourist attraction.
Canton's bandstand was built during the summer of 1960 on Canton Green which is right off of Route #44 that runs through the town. Canton is not only proud of its well-built bandstand but also boasts it being the "Town of Champions" since many local championships have been won through their wonderful school system.
The Canton Bandstand is the first the town has had and has been re-roofed and re-furbished over the years and kept in marvelous condition by the residents who always come out in droves and enjoy their summer band concerts on their town green.
The structure was designed and built by Kenneth Bristol with the local Lions Club providing $200 of the funds needed with Mr. Bristol donating the rest. The bandstand is very well-built and has excellent acoustics due to the design and location of the structure.
Joan Finney, Mr. Bristol's daughter
Elizabeth Van Ness, Canton Public Library

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