The Spite House was news to David Leff, chairman of the Collinsville Historic District Commission, which has just been awarded a $1,525 federal grant to design a brochure for a walking tour that notes historic buildings. The Spite House site will be included on the tour because "it's kind of bizzare," Leff said.
[Carl Svenson Jr.], who moved to the town at the age of 3 and whose father owned a grocery store, can feel the spirit of Collinsville's past. His bond is cemented with childhood memories, hearsay and legends handed down to him.
Above the kind of detailed ornate window they used to make in the 1800s. Right, two houses on the Green in Collinsville, both built in the 1800s. The window, above, is from the house at the far right. Carl Svenson, left, runs the Canton Historial Museum while David Leff is chairman of the Collinsville Historic District Commission.