Canaan Connecticut

Once an important railroad junction where north-south and east-west trains converged, Canaan remains a proud crossroads between Norfolk and Salisbury (as well as being the gateway to the Berkshires.) Beyond the historic downtown that is centered on a refurbished train station and the vintage, stainless steel Collin’s Diner, there are family-owned dairy farms, public golf courses, and several excellent farm stands. Canaan’s industrial past has been preserved at Beckley Furnace, which produced pig iron along the Blackberry River from 1847 – 1919, and modern-day viticulture is alive and well at the Land of Nod Vineyard & Winery.

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The North Canaan town center is still called “Canaan” by local residents, being the main town center of the old Town of Canaan prior to North Canaan splitting off as its own town. The main highways of the town are Route 7 and Route 44. The North Canaan Union Depot, originally built in 1872, was heavily damaged by a fire in 2001 and has been under restoration by the Connecticut Railroad Historical Association since 2003. It lies along a reformed Housatonic Railroad though there is no regularly scheduled service at this time.