HISTORIC HOMES AND ARCHITECTURE
Canton boasts of significant architecture, not only in the Historical Business District located on Fulton, Peace and Center Streets, but also in its noblest of homes. Canton is fortunate to have preserved an inventory of historic homes that date back as early as the mid-1820s through the 1920s. Canton's featured homes are owned and lived in by third generation families to new residents that help maintain and preserve the integrity and beauty of these incredible architectural structures.
While visiting Canton, please make note that Canton's collections of homes feature Victorian, Georgian, Greek Revival, and Log Dogtrot styles.
The following are examples of Canton's enchanting style of architecture. Some of these are available for group tours by appointment only. For more information, please contact our office.
CANTON WELCOME CENTER
The Welcome Center shares a home with the Allison's Wells School of Arts & Crafts in the Trolio Hotel on the west side of Canton 's historic square. A trained staff assists visitors and tour groups. Open Mon - Fri, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sat 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
OLD MADISON COUNTY JAIL (1870)
234 East Fulton Street
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this red brick building was completed in 1870 and used for over 90 years. Said to be one of the few penal structures of its period to be so well preserved, the cellblocks have been restored to their original condition. It is owned and maintained by the Canton Historical Society.
The Hickory Street or "Hollow" area was the location of several of Madison County 's early black-owned businesses. Tolliver's Café was a favorite of the railroad men who frequented it and talked of it when they traveled. The renowned Canton blues musician, Elmore James, played here in the 40's and 50's.
THE HOWCOTT MONUMENT
A 20-foot gray obelisk built between 1894 and 1900 by William Hill Howcott in honor of his body servant, Willis Howcott, a faithful servant and friend who followed him into battle and was killed. The monument, perhaps the only one of its kind in the South, was rededicated in 1984 and stands as a symbol of racial unity.
CANTON ANIMATION MUSEUMS
Experience the beauty of over 100 life-size moving figures depicting the history and heritage of Canton and the days of the Victorian Era. The museums are open the day after Thanksgiving thru Christmas.
HISTORIC CHURCH TOURS
Canton 's many historic churches feature beautiful and rare architecture.
TEMPLE B'NAI ISRAEL
A histrical marker commemorates this temple, built on the corner of Academy and Liberty Streets in 1874. Most of Canton 's large Jewish community were pioneer merchants and many buildings on Canton 's Square still bear the family names. The Jewish population dwindled and the temple was torn down in the 1970s.