Built in mid 1800's and stood in Avon Center. The Canal Line Railroad was built through Avon in 1848. The railroad station had both a freight and express office. Telegraph instruments were setup in December of 1884 - Frank Hadsell was the first telegraph operator. When the Holloways bought cattle, they were delivered in freight cars. The railroad station closed because freight trains stopped running through Avon, and it was offered to the Holloways where it still stands for $1.00, as long as they moved it. In April, 1955 it was moved to Riverdale Farms where it still stands.
"The Canal Line Rail Road was built through Avon in 1848. In the late 1800's it was really much better than it is now for anyone who had no private means of transportation. There were three daily passenger trains each way. The 8:00 A.M. train south and another at 10:30 A.M., gave a choice as to time to start a shopping trip into Hartford. At Plainville, you changed to either a "third rail" train, as it was called as power was furnished by an electric rail between the other two rails, or, if you were in no hurry, you took the trolley to Hartford. You could return either at 5:15 or 7:15 P.M. Those who owned horses, sometimes drove over the mountain to Hartford, but as the road was far from good, it was not a pleasant ride.
Going north, there was a train at 9:00 A.M, and one from the north at 6:30 P.M. These were the ones the pupils used in going to high school in Simsbury, unless they had other means such as horse and wagon or buggy or bicycle.
The railroad station was a busy place, having bothsa freight and an express office. Telegraph instruments were put in in December of 1884 and Frank Hadsell was the first telegraph operator.
After the railroad station was closed, it was moved to Riverdale Farms, then owned by the Holloway Brothers, about 1955. " - Taken from book on history of Avon.
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