On January 1, 1974, Acton amalgamated with Georgetown and most of the Township of Esquesing to form the Town of Halton Hills.
Acton is one of the last small towns in the GTA with a population of just under 10,000 as of 2016..
Surrounded by greenbelt, farms and rural properties, Acton is located at Highway 7 and Halton Regional Road 25;. It is only about 15 minutes north of the 401. This location and proximity to highways, makes it an easy commute to Brampton, Guelph, Georgetown, Milton, Mississauga & Toronto.
As of 2013, two weekday round-trip trains stop at the new Acton GO station, located at 45 Eastern Avenue.
Founded in 1844, the town's location was chosen because of its proximity to good source of water power.
Another part of Acton's Charm is its proximity to the Niagara Escarpment & various hiking trails including the Bruce Trail.
Acton was first named Danville when Settler Wheeler Green opened a dry-goods store in 1828. It was later called Adamsville after three settlers t the area. In 1846, the postmaster named the community after the area of Acton in the west part of London, England. Acton was incorporated as a village in 1874, and later a town in 1950.
Tanning has been an important industry in Acton since the mid 1800's.. The tannery was subsequently purchased by Beardmore & Co. in 1865, and over time became the largest tanner in Canada. In the mid-1900s it was sold to Canada Packers and continued in operation until iSeptember 1986.
Because of the extensive tanning industry that was located in the area Acton was also known as Leathertown. The industry continues today in diminished form at The Olde Hide House and Superior Glove Works Ltd.
Today, Acton has much to offer including the newly renovated Library and Acton Community & Rec Centre with a skate park, soccer pitches, arena, meeting rooms & senior's centre.
Acton has year-round community festivals and events including:
Taste of Acton (June)
Acton Trunk Sale (All Summer - Saturday mornings)
Farmer's market (All Summer - Thursday evenings)
Leathertown Festival (August)
Fall Fair (September)
Santa Claus parade and Christmas market (November)
Fairy Lake & Prospect Park is a great area with a beach, picnic areas, ball diamonds and tennis courts. There's also an indoor soccer centre.. T
he park is a great place for fishing, leash free park, swimming, tennis, baseball, picnics, yoga in the park, and movie nights.
Main street has lots of charm and unique shops along with a variety of restaurants, pubs and cafes. ,
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