Exploring Collinsville through Photos and Food

  • April 27, 2014 · 9:30 AM

Collinsville, within the town of Canton, CT, is a picturesque village.  It has  historic buildings, 3 bridges, an old red mill factory sitting on the banks of the Farmington River, and a small waterfall, all surrounded by greenery (if and when spring arrives this year). 


If anyone is familiar with Collinsville, and you are willing to offer some advice about this year, please add your comments to the comment box.  I'm looking for advice on parking spots and the best places from which to take photos.   If anyone would like to co-host or be a tour guide, we would greatly appreciate it. 


After spending a couple hours taking photos, we will take a break to socialize and eat at the Crown and Hammer Pub, on Depot St (near the intersection of Main and Front Streets).  The lunch break and social are optional.  http://www.crownandhammer.com/

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  • AH

    What a great place ! Thanks Kathy. I hope to see you all again.
    Aart Hoogenboom

    April 30

  • Eric

    It was nice seeing everyone. Great location with plenty to shoot. Still working on my composition with things other than little critters however.

    1 · April 28

  • Trish

    Really great location for photos with many different types of scenery and objects to work with.

    April 28

  • Tracey

    Thanks Kathy for organizing this. I look forward to the next meetup and I hope to be able to stay for lunch.

    April 28

  • Kusum

    Thank you Kathy for organizing the visit to Collinsville. I am sorry that I could not meet all of you during lunch.I hope in next visit I will spend some quality time with the group of talented people :) It was definitely a great place and I had a great time clicking around the waterfall,bridge and the factory. Looking forward for the next visit!

    April 28

  • Trish

    Great location for photo ops. Sorry I missed the lunch. Hopefully next time I'll have more time for the whole experience!

    April 28

  • william w.

    I had a great time in Collinsville, the location was nice and the group members were even nicer, Jeff a special thanks to you,for your company an unlimited source of knowledge.I look forward to when i am able to particapate in the next one, and to Kathy and the lunch crew thank you guys also for the conversations and making me feel welcomed.

    April 28

  • Terri

    I'm not going to make it today I'm sick I was so looking forward to this.

    April 27, 2014

    • Kathy W.

      (2nd attempt at a reply, I hope it sticks this time!) Sorry you were not feeling well today. Something is going around because you are not the only feeling under the weather. This was a great location, and I will be scheduling it again when it's warm and the trees have leaves. So look forward to this again!

      April 27, 2014

  • Christine Lumbra Y.

    Thank you Kathy for organizing this visit. I had a great time walking around this quaint town, and I just fell in love with it. Sorry that Jenn and I couldn't wait for lunch. I look forward to the fall visit!

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Ali M.

    Collinsville was so wonderful. Thank you Kathy for setting this up. I can't wait to see it in the fall!

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Lindsey S.

    I am so disappointed that I won't be able to attend. I twisted my ankle and the walking will be too much a of strain today. I was so looking forward to this meet up because Canton is such a quaint little town; and I wanted to get to meet everyone at lunch. Thanks for organizing it Kathy W. - hope to see you at the next one!!!!!!!

    April 27, 2014

    • Kathy W.

      Oh no, I'm sorry you hurt your ankle. I hope it heals soon. I will reschedule Collinsville when the weather is warmer and the trees are green because this place is so very photogenic. And the Hammer & Crown restaurant was very good.

      2 · April 27, 2014

  • Vernon D.

    I am also disappointed to tell you that I won't make it today. I was sick during the night.

    April 27, 2014

    • Kathy W.

      Sorry to hear you are sick. There is definitely some bug going around now. Keep an eye out for the Collinsville meetup to be repeated in warmer weather, and when there are leaves on the trees. This was such a great place to photograph.

      April 27, 2014

  • william w.

    I am new at this,look forward to learning photography,have no friends or family that shares my interest.I believe the group would be a big help,look forward to attending.

    3 · April 19, 2014

    • Jeff D.

      Glad I could help! LOL!

      April 27, 2014

    • Lindsey S.

      Hi Bill. The Town Hall parking lot is the meetup place. Check out Kathy W.'s directions and info re. Lunch option in the message below. Canton is a wonderful little town!!!!!! Wish I could come!!!!!!

      April 27, 2014

  • Kathy W.

    Following the suggestions of one our members: You can park in the Town Hall parking lot at the corner of Bridge St (Rte 179) and Main St. There is also a little grocery next to the parking lot. If there is no room in the lot, you can park on the street. We will meet and greet in the parking lot at 9:30. After we are done with photos (are we ever done?), anyone interested in socializing, exchanging photog ideas, and/or lunch in a casual restaurant, can head over to the Crown and Hammer Pub, which is directly across the street from the Town Hall parking lot.

    April 23, 2014

  • John B.

    Kathy, do you have a central meeting spot for this?

    April 23, 2014

    • Kathy W.

      Yes, I guess I should post that? We will meet at the parking lot next to the town hall, at the corner of Bridge St (Rte 179) and Main St.

      April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Schedule conflict, I will not be able to participate this one, sorry.

    April 23, 2014

  • Michelle F.

    Kathy, This is a great idea! I love Collinsville. I took a Photography Field Class a bit back and one of the locations was downtown Collinsville. There are several things to photograph. The Axe Factory building (pictured in the shot above) is great from the exterior - the interior also has lots of nooks and crannies that are interesting to shoot. The downtown area is very charming and scenic and there is also a paved walking trail along the Farmington River that starts from the the downtown area that is beautiful. Unfortunately, I have another commitment this day so will not be able to attend but hope to attend another event soon. Have a great time!

    3 · April 4, 2014

    • Kathy W.

      Thank you for the info and positive comments. Sorry you can't make it though.

      April 13, 2014

  • Janet

    ooops, Can't attend on this date, but willing to do the preliminary run if needed.

    April 3, 2014

  • Brett

    I would definitely suggest going to the walking path bridge behind the Crown and Hammer. The Bridge itself is an old iron bridge and you can get a nice view of the river on both sides. In a small photo album on here called "Conquering the CT cold" I put a picture of a cannon. That was located in Colinsville. Across the street from the main center of town there is a place that usually has a lot of multocolored kayaks set up on racks. You can see a couple of them in the cannon picture as well. I have heard people say they've seen bald eagles near the river but I personally haven't seen any. Still its worth keeping your eyes open.

    2 · April 2, 2014

    • Kathy W.

      Brett, Thank you for all your advice and photo tips. Now we know we will have plenty of things to photograph. I like that little bridge. I was wondering how it looks. Thanks for uploading that photo.

      April 2, 2014

  • Dot

    Love Collinsville, but my friend is opening her photo/art studio near New Haven that day, so I'll be with her!

    April 2, 2014

  • Brett

    I added a photo of the Bridge in the "Meetup Group Photo Album". No cars go on this bridge.

    1 · April 2, 2014

  • Ken A.

    Parking in Collinsville is available at the Town Hall on the corner of Route 179 (Bridge Street) and Main Street. On-street parking is available throughout downtown Collinsville. It can be a busy little town if it is a nice day out.

    2 · April 2, 2014

    • Kathy W.

      Ken, thank you for the information!

      April 2, 2014

  • Lindsey S.

    This sounds Great!!!!!

    1 · April 2, 2014

  • Kathy W.

    Where do we park? Where should we meet? What do we photograph? I will visit Collinsville before the meetup, but "expert" opinions are greatly appreciated.

    April 1, 2014

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