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Town: Falls Village, CT
Population:
1,101
Area:
33.3 square miles
Elementary School:
Lee H. Kellog
High School: Housatonic Valley Regional


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Housatonic Valley Regional High School
Falls Village, Connecticut

Falls Village lies on the northern border of Cornwall and across the Housatonic River from Salisbury. It is named for the Great Falls of the Housatonic where the river plunges over limestone ledges sixty feet to the gorge below. The main falls are framed by smaller falls making one of the most dramatic scenes in the Northwest Corner. The potential energy of the Great Falls was not lost on entrepreneurs in the mid-19th century who, according to the Town Historical Society’s website, undertook to harness the force of the water by means of a network of stone-lined canals. When the gates were finally opened, it was found that “everything leaked”, the dream died and “Falls Village lives on much as it was in 1851”. Much of this story is recounted in Starling Lawrence’s novel The Lightning Keeper.

Eventually the cascade was harnessed to produce hydro-electric power and the village around the plant has quietly prospered—a collection of Victorian homes, the D.M. Hunt Library built in 1891, the former rail station, and the Falls Village Inn. Falls Village is home to the Housatonic Valley Regional High School—the first regional high school in the state, serving, in addition to Falls Village, the towns of Canaan, Salisbury, Cornwall, Kent, and Sharon. Built by the WPA during the Great Depression, the original building with its stone façade and large pillars gives the campus a stately presence.

Music Mountain, perhaps the oldest continuously running chamber music festival, is just down the road. Housed in a collection of Sears and Roebuck cottages, the festival offers weekend concerts throughout the summer. Concert-goers can enjoy the superb acoustics of the Gordon Hall or lounge on the lawns to savor the stars and sounds. Preserved lands in Falls Village include Housatonic State Forest, Robbins Swamp Wildlife Preserve, and a portion of the federally protected Appalachian Trail.

Today, Falls Village is a somewhat sleepy enclave of teachers, artists, writers and New Yorkers who have found the seclusion and low-key sanctuary they were looking for in a second home.


Town Links

--Official Town Site
--Historical Society



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