Introduction to New Canaan, Connecticut
New Canaan, Connecticut, in Fairfield county, is 5 miles NW of Norwalk, Connecticut and 37 miles NE of New York, New York. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Stamford - Norwalk metropolitan area with. New Canaan has a population of approximately 19,395.
New Canaan History
Canaan Parish was established as a religious center by Connecticut's colonial legislature in 1731. It was officially incorporated as a town in 1801, but since it had not been originally planned as a town, it had no town hall or main street. New Canaan continued to be an agricultural community until the Revolutionary War. After the war, however, shoe manufacturing became a major industry.
New Canaan and nearby Attractions
- Hampton Inn
- Landis Gores House
- Philip Johnson Glass House
- New Canaan Nature Center
- John Rogers Studio & Museum
- Maritime Aquarium
Things To Do In New Canaan
There are several structures of historical significance around New Canaan, a number of which have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. John Rogers Studio is home to one of the finest Rogers Groups collections in the country. The New Canaan Nature Center is another popular destination. It is spread over 40 acres of land and includes an arboretum, a nature preserve and a botanical garden.
New Canaan Transportation
Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Airport provides air transportation.
New Canaan Higher Education
Norwalk Community College, the University of Bridgeport and Fairfield University offer programs for higher education.