Falls Village, Connecticut

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Falls Village District
Falls Village, Connecticut is located in Connecticut
Falls Village, Connecticut
Falls Village, Connecticut is located in the United States
Falls Village, Connecticut
LocationCanaan, Connecticut
Coordinates41°57′23″N 73°21′49″W / 41.95639°N 73.36361°W / 41.95639; -73.36361Coordinates: 41°57′23″N 73°21′49″W / 41.95639°N 73.36361°W / 41.95639; -73.36361
Area70 acres (280,000 m2)
ArchitectLambert & Bunnell; Multiple
Architectural styleGreek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne
NRHP reference #79002622[1]
Added to NRHPJune 14, 1979
D.M. Hunt Library

Falls Village is a village and census-designated place in the town of Canaan in Litchfield County, Connecticut.[2][3] It is considered to be the second smallest town in Connecticut. Because Falls Village is the town center and principal constituent village in Canaan, the entire town is often referred to as "Falls Village."[4] That usage also avoids confusion of the town with Canaan Village in the town of North Canaan, Connecticut, not far away. Falls Village derives its name from a waterfall, known as Great Falls, which is formed along the Housatonic River within the village.[5]

The Falls Village post office is assigned zip code 06031, which encompasses the entire town of Canaan.

St. Patrick's Church

In 1979 the Falls Village District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an historic district. The district represents about 70 acres (280,000 m2) that were built in the middle of the 19th century as a result of the area being selected as a station stop for the Housatonic Railroad in the early 1830s.[6] Newer buildings around the junction of U.S. Route 7 and Route 126 are excluded.

The historic district includes examples of Greek Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne architecture.[1] It includes 71 buildings and the canal built to harness water power from the Great Falls northwest of the village. The district is bounded on the south by the east-west portion of Railroad Street, on the east by the rear property lines of houses fronting Beebe Hill Road, on the north by the rear property lines of houses fronting Brewster Road, and on the west by the Housatonic Railroad tracks (with a bulge in the northwest to include the unused 1851 canal between Water Street and the railroad tracks).[6]

Contributing properties in the historic district include the D. M. Hunt Library, built in 1891, and St. Patrick's Church.

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Listing of Cities, Towns, Villages, and Boroughs in Connecticut, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Falls Village, Connecticut
  4. ^ Betty Tyburski. "Early Historical Highlights of the Town of Canaan (commonly known as Falls Village)". Town of Canaan. Archived from the original on 2009-04-05. Retrieved 2010-01-28.
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 123.
  6. ^ a b David F. Ransom (October 6, 1978). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Falls Village District". National Park Service. and Accompanying 20 photos, from 1978
  • 7. "History of Falls Village." History of Falls Village. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Feb. 2016.
  • 8. "Where To Stay." Falls Village Inn. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2016.
  • 9."Best Things to See in Falls Village CT Connecticut." BEST Things to Do in Falls Village CT + Stuff to See. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2016.
  • 10. "Falls Village Tourism: Best of Falls Village, CT - TripAdvisor." Falls Village Tourism: Best of Falls Village, CT - TripAdvisor. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.
  • 11. "Music Mountain." Music Mountain. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2016.
  • 12. "What To Do." Town of Falls Village (Canaan). N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2016.
  • 13. "Falls Village - Iron Works Historic Site and Appalachian Trail - BerkshireHiking.Com." Falls Village - Iron Works Historic Site and Appalachian Trail - BerkshireHiking.Com. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2016.
  • 14."Things to Do Near Falls Village Resort, Branson, Missouri." The Top 10 Things to Do Near Falls Village Resort. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2016.

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