The town of North Canaan is located in the northwest corner of the state in Litchfield County and shares its northern border with Massachusetts. Locals call their community Canaan and the neighboring town of that same name Falls Village. Once one town, Canaan and North Canaan informally divided with the formation of the Second Ecclesiastical Society in 1769. Early industry included iron production. During the 19th century and into the 20th, agriculture and dairy farming were the town’s mainstays, and the Borden milk factory, located within the town’s borders, processed milk for shipment. Today, North Canaan is mostly residential and continues to quarry lime, sand, and gravel.
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