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Canaan

Canaan is a town in Som­er­set County, incor­po­rated on June 18, 1788, though sig­nif­i­cant set­tle­ment began in 1803 when mills were erected on Wesserun­set Stream.

Var­i­ously known as Hey­wood­stown, Howard’s Town, plan­ta­tion of Wesserun­set, and Old Canaan, it once included the area now encom­pass­ing the town of Skowhe­gan. In 1814 it set off land to the new town of Bloom­field; in 1823 more land was ceded to form the Town of Mil­burn. Milburn’s name was later change to Skowhe­gan and that town even­tu­ally annexed Bloomfield.

The vil­lage is served by the Carrabas­sett Stream and by Maine Route 23 and U.S. Route 2. Lake George and Sib­ley Pond are pop­u­lar sum­mer and ice-​fishing attractions.

In an area of dimin­ished eco­nomic activ­ity, its 23 per­cent pop­u­la­tion growth in the 19902000 decade is impressive.

Pop­u­la­tion: 2327
Phone: 2074748976

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