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AVON, THEN & NOW

By Peter J. Wright; Introduction by Nora O. Howard (Paperback – 2010) 96 pages – $26.00

Avon, Then & Now, tells Avon's story by juxtaposing historic with contemporary images. Avon's Town Historian, Nora O. Howard, was kind enough to compose a beautifully written, unifying introduction for this history of Avon through photography.

Some surprises in this journey of discovery included a stunningly detailed aerial view of Avon Center in the 1920's, when locals set their clocks to the Ensign Bickford whistle; and a visit to Heublein Tower by President Ronald Reagan from way back, when he was President of the Screen Actors Guild - thanks to the Friends of Heublein Tower for providing the image. Likely one of the most challenging "cognitive search and rescue operations" in the history of Avon involved locating the Aramini family that continues to run "Rose's Kitchen" in Riverton, CT, once a well-known Avon institution.

Thanks to so many who were willing to share their images and stories, all of whom are gratefully acknowledged. Without their help, a work of this magnitude would not have been possible.

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CATCH'D ON FIRE

By Nora O. Howard, Avon Town Historian (Paperback – 2011) 223 pages – $28.00

Nora's latest book relates the story of Reverend Rufus Hawley, Northington's first pastor, having served West Avon Congregational Church during some of America's most tumultuous 48 years from 1769 until his death in 1826. Nora was able to bring the Pastor's unique story to life from his 50 years of journal entries.

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AVON SITES ILLUSTRATED

By J.C. Lowerre – Heavyweight Poster Stock – 18" x 24" – $9.00

This unique collection of illustrations by local artist, J.C. Lowerre, was created for Avon's 175th anniversary celebration in 2005. Each hand-painting has been reduced to fit into this one-of–a-kind composition, suitable for framing.

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NOTE CARDS OF AVON LANDMARKS

Set of 8 Cards with Envelopes – $10.00

Full color notecards (envelopes included) with paintings of local scenes done by students at Avon High School. These 5” x 7” Note Cards show the covered bridge at Countryside Park, the Flower House on West Avon Road, the forge at Avon Old Farms School, and Pine Grove School House. They are blank note cards so they work for any occasion. The artists and property owners gave us permission to use these images. The printing was donated. Therefore, 100% of the proceeds benefit the programs and projects of the Avon Historical Society.

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FARMINGTON CANAL IN AVON MAP

Folded; Opens to 17” x 22” – $12.00

In partnership with canal expert, Carl Walter, the Simsbury Free Public Library published nine town maps of the Farmington Canal where it passed through Connecticut. The Avon map notes various features that still remain or were once there (i.e. culverts, bridges, etc.) with a narrative about the need for the canal, its construction and financing. Photos included from 1930’s to today.

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AVON HISTORIC MAP

1869 Map of Avon – Heavyweight Poster Stock – 15" x 18" – $7.00

This full color map illustrates the various property and business owners of that era, with all the original family names as well as their locations. Included is the Farmington Canal (now the Farmington Valley Greenway), which ran north to south through the center of town. Suitable for framing.

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AVON, CONNECTICUT: AN HISTORICAL STORY

By Mary-Frances L. MacKie, Illustrations by Janice Loeffler (Hardcover – 1988) 323 pages – 2nd edition coming in Spring 2018

A group of volunteers have been working on the second edition of Avon, Connecticut: an Historical Story, originally published in 1988 for the Avon Historical Society by Mary-Frances MacKie. This 323-page book is considered to be the definitive guide to Avon’s history. When ready, it will be available as a book on demand. A committee of five, under the leadership of Trustee Eric Throndson, has painstakingly read every page and created a new format. This volume is in the final stages of editing now. It is anticipated the second edition will be available by Spring 2018, at this website's gift shop.

CAT'S MEOW VILLAGE BLOCKS


Are you already familiar with Cat’s Meow? They create wood-block keepsakes of our local heritage. Each one is hand painted and provides explanatory information on the back.

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MARTIN, PREACHER, AND ME

By Bill Goralski (Paperback – 1992) 76 pages – $7.00

Historical fiction of boys from Avon in 1945 who like to play baseball, and get to know several African-American teenagers spending the summer as tobacco pickers in the Valley. Based on the story of the two summers Martin Luther King spent in Simsbury, working the fields in the region.

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