Area: 19.5 square miles
Elementary School: North
High School: Housatonic
village of Canaan is really in the town
of North Canaan, while the town of Canaan
is known as Falls Village. As happened
again and again in Northwest Connecticut,
diverging religious, political and economic
interests caused the formation of separate
ecclesiastical societies which led to
the petition for separate recognition.
The final split occurred in 1858 with
Falls Village retaining the original
name and Canaan becoming North Canaan.
for the Biblical valley of Canaan, the
Town of North Canaan is dominated by
the sharp peak of Canaan Mountain from
which one can enjoy a remarkable view
of the Housatonic River Valley and sense
how it was gouged out of the surrounding
highlands by the last ice age.
was and still is, to a degree, a mining
town with extensive limestone, iron
and marble deposits. The marble in the
Connecticut Statehouse was quarried
from the Allyndale Quarry in East Canaan.
Commerce and manufacturing have been
important to Canaan since its earliest
days. Becton Dickinson is still a major
employer as Borden Condensed Milk once
was. Geer Memorial Nursing facility
and now its assisted living complex
have provided good jobs for local workers
Street Canaan is an archetypal New England
streetscape that residents have been
working to preserve and restore. The
Canaan Colonial Theater (an art deco
classic) has been preserved and energetic
efforts are being made to rebuild the
Railroad Station complex which was largely
destroyed by fire several years ago.
you are coming from the north on Route
7, Canaan is your welcome to Northwestern
Connecticut, or your last stop on your
way north to Massachusetts and the Berkshires.