Grass River Heritage Site, Canton NY


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You may have noticed the nice little park on the island on RT11 in the Village of Canton. Seems like a typical village park- a gazebo, some benches, a picnic table. Well this one is all of that, and a whole bunch more. This park is the work of the Grasse River Heritage. GRH was started in 1999, and it is focused on preserving and improving the Grasse River corridor in Canton and surrounding areas.

Grasse river Heritage pizap.com14917859068151The park on Coakley Island and Falls island, is more than just a quaint park. The island was home to some of the earliest industries of the town, and the ruins are easily seen from the trails. Signs & plaques give you a wealth of information on what you are seeing. You start by crossing a fully restored 1870’s King Iron Bowstring bridge. Sawmills and grist mills, located on a water source for power, were always the first thing a town needed to get its start. These were located here, along with several other vital industries of the day. The island is 4.4 acres of some of the most important history of the area. The GRH has done an amazing job here, as well as other projects at Willow island, the Dwight Church park and the Gray lanes/Rushton Place project. They have several projects in the works for the future, and are working in conjunction with other groups to preserve the history, environmental well-being and ecology of the Grasse River. If you are in the area, do yourself a favor, and stop in for a bit. You won’t be disappointed.

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4 thoughts on “Grass River Heritage Site, Canton NY

  1. From the turn of the century until the mid-60’s Falls Island was owned by my husband’s grandfather, George B. Huse, who operated a lumber mill there. Huse bought the property from Spears, after having worked at the mill for a number of years. He sold the rights to the water power to Niagara Mohawk, although remains of the old water wheel still can be found. The bridge was jointly owned by Coakley and Huse. In the mid 60’s my mother-in-law sold Falls Island due to high taxes on the property.

    I have photos and newspaper clippings of Falls Island and also a booklet describing a particular large rock on the property in complete geologic terms.
    Among old Huse family documents, I found the original Spears to Huse abstract of title for the Island and passed it on to our daughter, who is a lawyer.

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