Celebrate with the King of Paris – Hiram Capron

180 years ago, Hiram Capron founded the Town of Paris.

Ruth Lefler has done a full page profile on Mr. Capron in the January 31st, 2009 issue of the Brantford Expositor.

(You can view this article online for free at the Expositor website until February 6th –
http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1413639).

If you want to know more about Mr. Capron and the town he founded, what better place than the Paris Historical Society Museum & Archives?

They have invited everyone to attend Hiram (King) Capron’s 213th birthday party on Saturday, February 7th, 2009, from 2 p. m. to 4 p. m. at the Museum, 15 Curtis Avenue North, Paris. Hiram himself is planning to attend apparently!

For more details on our neighbours who preserve Paris’ history, visit their website at:

http://www.parishistoricalsociety.com/

Their hours are Tuesday – Friday, from 1 pm to 5 pm, or by appointment.

You will find details on the website on how to become a member as well – for only $10 per year – and it is a good time of the year to consider, since their membership year runs from February 28th to March 1st the next year.

Mr. Capron has his own Provincial marker, located in front of his former home, 8 Homestead Road, Paris :

“King” Capron 1796-1872

In 1829, Hiram Capron purchased land at the Forks of the Grand and divided it into town lots. His leadership in developing the village of Paris earned him the nickname “King”.

(He was born in Leicester, Vermont, by the way.)