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Your Silent Neighbors

Take a tour through the past with “Your Silent Neighbors", which introduces readers to people out of Canton’s past.

Readers are encouraged to visit these grave sites and pay their respects to the people who have helped make our community what it is today. Any suggestions, questions, or corrections should be addressed to Deputy Town Historian David Leff at

Choose a name from the list to begin your journey into Canton's Past:

6/4/2018 - Margaret Dyer

Born in Canton, Margaret Dyer (1893-1963) lived her entire life on the Dyer Farm in a rambling center chimney colonial house built in 1789.  For most of her adult life, she operated a small roadside candy shop beside her home along what was then Albany Turnpike (now Dyer Cemetery Road).  She was famous for her fudge, salted nuts, and handkerchiefs.  Customers delighted in her confections and the shop was a magnet for travelers and a regular stop for people from nearby towns.

A member of the Canton Center Congregational Church, Dyer never married and died at age 69.  Her funeral was held at Vincent Funeral Home on Albany Turnpike with Reverend Evans Sealand of her church officiating.

Margaret Dyer is buried in Dyer Cemetery, Canton.

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Contact Us

Kathleen Taylor
Town Historian

David K. Leff
Deputy Town Historian

Office: (860) 693-5800(860) 693-5800(860) 693-5800Office: (860) 409-4205

Fax: (860) 693-5804(860) 693-5804(860) 693-5804Fax: (860) 693-0221


Location: 40 Dyer Ave, Canton, CT 06019