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(Falls Village)

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Canaan, Connecticut, USA - Main Street looking East, Canaan, Conn.

Canaan, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

Canaan was sold at an auction in New London in 1738, with bids starting at 60 pounds per right, among the highest rate in Litchfield County. courant.com

The town of Canaan is often referred to locally by the name of its principal settlement, Falls Village. Other communities in Canaan include: Huntsville, Lower City and South Canaan. wikipedia




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Canaan Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

Main Street looking East, Canaan, Conn.
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Main Street looking East, Canaan, Conn.
The Canfield. Canaan, Conn.

Home of Canfield Lime Co.

Dating to c. 1903, the Canfield Building
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The Canfield. Canaan, Conn.

Home of Canfield Lime Co.

Dating to c. 1903, the Canfield Building is a historic commercial block at 93-97 Main Street in the village of Canaan. Originally built to house the Canfield Lime Company. It features a pressed-metal exterior and cast-iron storefronts. historicbuildingsct.com

"The Canfield Lime Company and the Connecticut Western Lime Company operate in the northwest part of the county , having offices at Canaan." Forest Survey of Litchfield and New Haven Counties, Connecticut, by Austin Foster Hawes, 1909
Housatonic River. Near Canaan, Conn.
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Housatonic River. Near Canaan, Conn.
East Main Street
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Christ Episcopal Church, 1905
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Christ Episcopal Church, 1905
Methodist Episcopal Church
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Methodist Episcopal Church
Vacation House
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Vacation House
Borden's Station
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Borden's Station
Twin Lakes, 1907
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Twin Lakes, 1907
Hunt Library, Falls Village, Conn.
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Hunt Library, Falls Village, Conn.
Canaan Mountain, from Grove at Vacation House
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Canaan Mountain, from Grove at Vacation House
Power Plant Dam, Falls Village, Conn.
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Power Plant Dam, Falls Village, Conn.
Housatonic Falls, Falls Village, Canaan, Conn.
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Housatonic Falls, Falls Village, Canaan, Conn.
Granite Avenue, Canaan, Conn., 1910
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Granite Avenue, Canaan, Conn., 1910
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Power House, Falls Village, Conn.
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Power House, Falls Village, Conn.
R. R. Station, Canaan, Conn.
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High School, 1911
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Housatonic River at "Indian Crossing" Near Toll Bridge, Canaan, Connecticut
Town Hall, Savings Bank and M. E. Church, Falls Village, Conn.
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Town Hall, Savings Bank and M. E. Church, Falls Village, Conn.
Ye Districk Schule, Falls Village, Conn.
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Ye Districk Schule, Falls Village, Conn.
Masonic Building, Farnum's Drug Store and Dankin's, 1936
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Masonic Building, Farnum's Drug Store and Dankin's, 1936
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In 1738 the area now known as Canaan—and also as Falls Village to its residents—was sold at auction in New London as part of the Western Lands sale.

connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ canaan/
1819 - Canaan
Canaan, a considerable post township, is situated in the northwestern section of the county, 41 miles northwest from Hartford; bounded on the north by Massachusetts line, on the east by Norfolk, on the south by Cornwall, and on the west by the Ousatnick river, which divides it from Salisbury.

The township comprises an area of about 50 square miles; having an average length from north to south of about 9 miles, and a mean breadth of nearly 6 miles...
A Gazetteer of the States of Connecticut and Rhode-Island: Written with Care and Impartiality, from Original and Authentic Materials : Consisting of Two Parts ... with an Accurate and Improved Map of Each State Authors John Chauncey Pease, John Milton Niles Publisher W.S. Marsh, 1819
1839 - Canaan
Canaan, Connecticut
Litchfield county. First settled in 1738. Incorporated 1739. Canaan lies 41 miles N.W. from Hartford, and 18 N.N.W. from Litchfield. Population, 1830, 2,301. The town lies on the E. side of Housatonick river, opposite to Salisbury. A ledge of limestone rocks crosses the river at this place, about 30 rods in length, causing a perpendicular fall of 60 feet. The river is rapid, both above and below this beautiful cataract. The whole descent of the river, in Canaan, is about 130 feet, "nobly arranged and distributed, and comprehending a remarkable variety of beauty and grandeur." The township is mountainous, with some arable land along the streams. About 4,000 sheep are kept here. This section of country is noted for its excellent mutton. Limestone and iron ore are abundant; the latter is of a very fine quality. Iron works, on an extensive scale, are established here; a satinet factory and other machinery.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1858 - Accident
At Canaan, Ct., on the 17th, a bright little boy of eight years, son of Edwin Ives, while playing about his father's factory, was caught in a belt, and instantly carried over a shaft revolving with great velocity, horribly mangling his body. He lived but two hours after the accident.
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September 30, 1858
1859
CANAAN, a township of Litchfield co., in the state of Connecticut, 42 m. NW of Hartford. Pop. 2,166.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1895 - Canaan
Canaan, a post-village of Litchfield co, Conn., in North Canaan township, on the Housatonic River, and on the Connecticut Western Railroad where it crosses the Housatonic Railroad, 73 miles N. of Bridgeport, and 55 miles W.N.W. of Hartford. It has a savings-bank and a newspaper office. The township has 4 churches, 3 furnaces for pig-iron, a quarry of white marble, and 6 lime-kilns.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1896 - IN A BURNING CAR.
Narrow Escape of Four Railroad Men Last Night.

Canaan, Conn., Jan. 9. - Word was received here this noon that the crew of the West End local freight train on the Philadelphia, Reading and New England Road, running between this place and may brook, N. Y, the western terminus of the road, had narrow escapes from death at that place early this morning. The men, four in number, have a coach fitted up for sleeping purposes, with bunks on each side and a stove in one end. A rousing fire was built last night in the stove to keep our the cold, and the men went to sleep.

At 3 o'clock they were awakened by the smell of smoke, which filled the car. Flames were spreading around them, and escape was all but cut off. They finally succeeded in leaving the car in their night clothes, all four being badly burned. Brakeman Michael McGuire was seriously burned and it is feared will not recover. George Blake, of this place, James Keenan and Samuel Drum, the other occupants of the car, were badly... Read MORE...

1903 - BURGLARS TURN INCENDIARIES.
In Blowing Open Canaan (Conn.) Post Office Safe They Start a $10,000 Fire and Escape.

Special to The New York Times.

DERBY, Conn., March 3. - In a bold raid by burglars at 3 o'clock this morning in Canaan, this State, not only was the Canaan Post Office robbed of $1,000, but the building in which it was located, containing also the Canaan Savings Bank and R. F. Collin's jewelry store, was destroyed by fire, a nearby dwelling partially destroyed, a livery stable, a car barn, and a dwelling house robbed, and attempts made to rob two other buildings. Then, by driving across country at a terrific pace, the burglars reached Winsted in time to escape aboard a train for New York.

The burglars, of whom there were three, walked from Ashley Falls, Mass. There they had entered the house of John Turner, taking clothing and food. They also attempted to enter the residence of Arthur Parson and the general store of Frank Smith, but were frightened off. On entering Canaan they broke into the ... Read MORE...

1913 - COLLISION ON NEW HAVEN.
Eight Passengers Hurt, One Mortally, in Wreck at Canaan.
Special to The New York Times.

CANAAN, Conn., June 23. - Two milk cars shunted against a passenger coach on the New Haven Road a the station here at 2 o'clock this afternoon, sent the coach crashing into a local freight train of the Central New England Road, as the latter was backing over a crossover. One aged woman was seriously injured, and six other persons sustained injuries more or less painful.

The milk train was bound from Pittsfield, Mass., to Bridgeport, Conn., and the freight train was going from Canaan to Winsted. The milk train locomotive ran past the station to pick up two milk cars, shunted back, struck the passenger coach with such force as to send it against the freight. It is reported that faulty brakes or faulty braking was the cause of the accident. The passenger car was overturned and badly crushed, while one of the cars of the freight train was practically demolished.

Mrs. Frank M. Olin, 86, of... Read MORE...

1923 - BRAKEMAN FALLS TO HIS DEATH IN CANAAN, CONN.
CANAAN, Conn. June 6 - Nicholas Mathias, 30, a brakeman on the Central New England railroad was killed today on a siding near the Connecticut Lime Co plant. He was climbing to the roof of a box car when he fell under the wheels. He leaves a wife and a child.
The Bridgeport Telegram
Bridgeport, Connecticut
June 7, 1923
2023 - Whether you're a local resident or a visitor, there are plenty of places to go and things to do in Canaan. Here's a list to get you started:
Scenic Drive on Route 7: Start your journey with a scenic drive along Route 7, which runs through Canaan. The road offers beautiful views of the Housatonic River and lush countryside.

Housatonic River: Enjoy some fishing, kayaking, or simply relax by the serene Housatonic River. It's a perfect spot for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Appalachian Trail: Canaan is home to a section of the famous Appalachian Trail. Hike a portion of this iconic trail and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area.

Lime Rock Park: If you're a motorsports fan, Lime Rock Park is a must-visit. It's one of the most historic road racing tracks in the country, hosting various racing events throughout the year.

Great Falls: Explore the Great Falls, a lovely natural attraction. The falls are particularly impressive during the spring thaw or after a heavy rain, offering a spectacular view.

Housatonic Railroad Company: History buffs will appreciate a visit to the Housatonic Railroad... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Canaan, Connecticut, USA

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male ancestorHenry STEPHENS (20 November 1681, Stonington, Connecticut, USA (Pawcatuck) (Lords Point) - 14 May 1774, Canaan, Connecticut, USA (Falls Village))
male ancestorEphraim FELLOWS (3 September 1686, Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA - 21 May 1757, Canaan, Connecticut, USA (Falls Village))
male ancestorJohn BEEBE (1 March 1705, - 22 November 1776, Canaan, Connecticut, USA (Falls Village))
female ancestorMartha CULVER (1710, - 4 September 1777, Canaan, Connecticut, USA (Falls Village))
male ancestorJohn ADAM (29 May 1714, Bowfield in Lochwinoch Shere of Renfew, Scotland - 17 April 1802, Canaan, Connecticut, USA (Falls Village))
male ancestorCharles BELDEN (1727, - 10 August 1811, Canaan, Connecticut, USA (Falls Village))
male ancestorAsahel BEEBE (18 December 1731, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA (Bantam) (Northfield) - 8 April 1806, Canaan, Connecticut, USA (Falls Village))
female ancestorRebekah WRIGHT (7 December 1732, Wethersfield, Connecticut, USA - 3 October 1771, Canaan, Connecticut, USA (Falls Village))
male ancestorRussell HUNT (1736, - 18 October 1806, Canaan, Connecticut, USA (Falls Village))

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male ancestorAsahel BEEBE (18 December 1731 - 8 April 1806) and female ancestorRebekah WRIGHT (7 December 1732 - 3 October 1771) married 21 December 1752
male ancestorAsahel BEEBE (18 December 1731 - 8 April 1806) and female ancestorKatherine (Catherine) LANDON (4 May 1754 - 1 April 1811) married 4 March 1772

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