About North Canaan
The town of North Canaan is located in the northwest corner of the state in Litchfield County and shares a northern border with Massachusetts. Locals call their community Canaan and the neighboring town of the same name Falls Village. Once a unified town, Canaan and North Canaan unofficially split after the formation of the Second Ecclesiastical Society in 1769. The town center is still called "Canaan" because it was the main center of old Canaan before North Canaan separated as a town. Early industry included iron production. In the 19th century and into the 20th, agriculture and dairy farming were the backbones of the town, and the Borden Dairy, located within the city limits, processed milk for shipment for export. Today, North Canaan continues to produce lime, sand, and gravel.