The Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society’s mission statement includes three priorities:
1) to house, publicize and share local genealogical archives;
2) to house, publicize and share historical and educational resources covering area themes including but not limited to railroading, iron ore industry, Revolutionary War, Civil War
3) to preserve, publicize and display significant examples of local area architecture, period pieces, textiles and artwork. The Society’s overall purpose is to preserve and hand down Canaan (Falls Village), North Canaan and the surrounding area's history for use and appreciation of future generations.
The Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society, Inc. has regular Board meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 4:30 PM, at Geer Village in North Canaan. The public is welcome to attend the meetings.
The Annual Dinner & Meeting is held on the third Thursday in May at Geer Village. A brief business meeting consisting of the election of officers, a guest speaker, and a buffet dinner takes place at this meeting. It is open to the public.
The Historical Society owns the former Falls Village Railroad Depot, 44 Railroad Street, Falls Village. It houses the archival material and museum and is the Society's office.
The Historical Society also owns the South Canaan Meetinghouse, 12 Route 63, Falls Village. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is used for lectures, the annual Peddlers Flea Market, and available for use for weddings and memorial services.
The Historical Society maintains the Beebe Hill Schoolhouse on Beebe Hill Road in Falls Village. It is available for tours during the summer months on Saturday mornings.
The Historical Society works closely with North Canaan Town Historian Kathryn Boughton, who oversees North Canaan's historical documents and photographs at the former Catherine Roraback Law Offices, Main Street, North Canaan.
News and updated information can be found on the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society's Facebook page.
FALLS VILLAGE-CANAAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Officers & Board Members 2018-2019
President: Richard Heinz, 2020, 860-824-7730, Point of Rocks Rd., Falls Village, CT 06031 Email:
Vice President: Canaan: Brian Ohler, 2020, 860-307-1135, P.O. Box 861, Canaan
Vice President: Judy Jacobs, 2020, 824-7893, 824-5861, P.O. Box 185, Falls Village or
Treasurer: Charles Lemmen, 2019. 824-2635, Apt. 104 Geer Village, 77 South Canaan Rd., Canaan Email:
Recording Secretary: Kay Blass, 2019, 860-824-7259, 127 Barnes Rd., Falls Village Email:
Corresponding Secretary: Lillian Lovitt, 2019. 824-5630, 22 Lime Rock Station Rd., FV Email:
Archivist: Mary Margaret (Midge) Cortesi, 2019. 860-482-3696, 267 University Drive, Torrington, CT 06790 Email:
Falls Village Depot: Mary Margaret (Midge) Cortesi, 60-482-3696, 267 University Drive, Torrington, CT 06790 Email:
South Canaan Meeting House: Cheryl Aeschliman, 824-5607, 283 Rte. 63, Falls Village Email:
Beebe Hill Schoolhouse: Lillian Lovitt, 824-5630, 22 Lime Rock Station Rd., FV Email:
Assistant Curator: Kay Blass, 824-7259, 127 Barnes Rd., Falls Village Email:
Frank Hadsell, 2020, 824-5254, 63 Dublin Rd., Falls Village, CT 06031 Email:
Pat Graf, 2020, 860-824-7134, 39 Pease St., Canaan, CT 06018 Email:
Bunny McGuire, 2020, 860-824-5900, 21 Reed St., P.O. Box 95, Canaan, 06018 Email:
Larry Bulson, 2020, 824-8151, 157 Music Mt. Rd., Falls Village Email:
Sally Greco, 2020, 860-824-0655, P.O. Box 278, Canaan, 06018 Email:
Mary Lu Sinclair. 2020, 824-7454, 201 Undermountain Rd., Falls Village, Email:
William Beebe, 2019. 824-7378, P.O. Box 31, Falls Village Email: or
John Marshall, 2019, 824-0402, P.O. Box 1210, Canaan, CT 06018 Email:
Ruth Adotte, 2019, 860-824-1402, P.O. Box 247, E. Canaan, CT 06024 Email:
Jeremy Dakin 2019. 824-7200, 16 Sugar Hill Rd. Email:
Standing Committee Chairmen
1 year term: all expire 2019
Program Committee: (annual dinner) Cheryl (Chair), Lillian, Judy
Public Relations Committee: Judy, Mary Lu, Midge
Editorial Committee: Judy, Kay, Dick
Membership Committee: Midge, Mary Lu, Bunny, Sally, Pat
Building & Grounds Committee: Bill, Larry, Terry, Dick
Grant Writer: Kay, Judy
Museum Committee: Judy, Midge, Sally, Cheryl, Lillian, Kay, Dick, Mary Lu
Tuesday at 7: Cheryl, Judy, Jeremy, Sally, Ruth
Peddlers Flea Market: Judy, Chuck, Jeremy, Lillian, Kay, Cheryl, Chuck, Bunny, Pat, Midge, Dick
Food/Refreshments: Bunny, Pat
Technology: Dick, Paul
Runners: Sally, Lillian, Kay, Bunny, Midge
Cleaning: Midge, Sally, Bunny, Cheryl, Judy, Bill, Pat
Bookkeeper: Linda Paviol 860-824-7808 Email:
Web Designer: Deb Segalla:
Email Us: FVCHS8226@gmail.com
The Society also owns the New Haven caboose that is a landmark in the downtown area of Falls Village.