Downtown Acton BIA

For almost 150 years this place has been called Acton. It was 1844 when Robert Swan, our first postmaster, suggested this name to replace “Adamsville” (chosen in honour of the founders) and the original name, “Dansville”.

Main street was Acton’s principal thoroughfare in the early days. The Adams family laid out the streets in a grid pattern, naming them after family members. Then the boom began with the coming of the railroad. The first Grand Trunk train steamed through town in 1856.

Pausing to read the historical marker at this site, it is worth noting that the small stream under the bridge was once responsible for supplying power to the mills of Acton, the very source of power that drew the Adams family to the site in the 1820s.

Visit Website

Festivals & Events View All >>

August 11

Acton Leathertown Festival

Downtown Acton BIA

20 Mill Street East, Acton, ON, L7J 1G9

Date and Time: Aug 11th, 11:00am to 5:00pm Free Entry

Trip Ideas View All >>

Multi-Day Excursions

Plan Your Trip



Museums & Heritage Sites

Nature Areas & Trails



Food & Drink

Tour Companies & Outfitters

Cities & Towns


Visitor Services

Golf Courses

Farms & Agriculture

Arts & Galleries

Get Travel OffersEvent Details and
Planning Ideas for Your Next Trip

Sign up to receive the latest Hamilton Halton Brant travel news delivered right to your inbox.