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Thank You, Brundage Foundation!

The Friends of Canaan Village has received a $1,000 grant from the Brundage Foundation to be used for the 2017 Concerts on the Common series.

Dedication of Reginald E. Barney Depot Park

Depot Park, a lovely treed area, which borders the Indian River, is situated at the end of Depot Street. For almost twenty years, Reggie Barney has been taking care of Depot Park, under the auspices of Friends of Canaan Village. In recent years, when Reggie could no longer mow the park himself, FOCV has paid to have it mowed. Friends are pleased that, beginning this summer, the Town will take over the mowing.

On Sunday, August 7, 2016 a ceremony was held at the park to honor Reggie's long stewardship of this public green space. It was well attended by family, friends, and towns people. Depot Park will now be known as the: Reginald E. Barney Depot Park. A sign with this new name will be installed.

Park Sign

Reggie Barney addressing crowd Dedication Audience
Barney Family sign unveiling
Reggie Barney sitting next to new sign.

A New Old Sign in Downtown Canaan, NH, and a link to a Lebanon Industry

restored signA handsome old road sign that shows mileage east and west from downtown Canaan, NH, has been restored and placed at the crossroads of Route 4 and Canaan Street. Stamped "Lebanon Foundry", the sign offers a glimpse into information that was important for travelers in the past and into one of Lebanon's early 20th Century industries.

The old sign was an unexpected discovery for Dale and Bobbie Barney when they cleaned out a relative's garage last year. They gave the sign to Friends of Canaan Village, Inc. and the organization worked with the Town of Canaan to have the sign and post mended and restored by noted blacksmith Dimitri Gerakaris. Ken Lary was instrumental in saving the sign, transporting it from the Barneys to the blacksmith's shop. Bob Scott, Road Agent, installed it this fall in a location that seemed to make the best sense, given the directions and mileages stated.Ken Lary and sign

The sign, topped by a version of the NH State seal, adds an intriguing element to the corner. Offering much more information than a simple sign directing drivers to I-89, this marker identifies distances to Portland, ME, Burlington, VT and Boston, MA, and also gives mileage to Rutland and Barre, VT, which must have been important destinations for travelers through Canaan when the marker was new.

Early directional signs in Canaan show up in photos from the 1890s on, and are clearly visible as survivors in photographs taken just after the 1923 fire that leveled the village center. The original location and date of installation, though, is still a mystery. "I've searched through everything that the Canaan Historical Society has and through private collections of local historical photographs," said Donna Zani Dunkerton, Canaan's Town Historian, "and haven't found a photo showing this sign in its original place."

Perhaps a reader will know of a photo or other information that will provide clues.

Historic Lebanon FoundryOn its reverse the sign is stamped "Lebanon Foundry" and was most likely produced by the Lebanon Machine Company, active from 1916 into the1920s. A company brochure provided by Ed Ashey, Lebanon Historical Society curator, features a photo showing the Machine Company (located where the NAPA store is now in downtown Lebanon) and its Lebanon Foundry in the building that now houses Mason Racing.

The brochure advertised that the foundry produced street signs and "guide boards" throughout New England and included the New Hampshire State Highway Department among their many customers. Lebanon Foundry's "Leb-Iron" signs were purchased by towns from Maine to Missouri and were used to mark State lines along the Lincoln Highway.

2015 "So You Think You Know Canaan Quiz"

historic main street

Winners & Answers

Click here to see answers.

Adult Winners:

  • 1st place: Amy Thurber
  • 2nd place: Melissa Allen
  • 3rd place: Lori Gowing
  • 4th place: Anita Garland

Children's Winner:

Larkin Jukosky

directory coverNew Directory

The 2015 Friends of Canaan Village Directory is now available at the Town Offices, the Library, Canaan Hardware, and Mascoma Savings Bank!

Bench Restoration Project!

park bench bench repair
Friends of Canaan Village and the Canaan Farmers' Market have restored the benches on the Town Common, and added Friends of Canaan Village Plaques. They not only look much better, but are more comfortable and safer. Special thanks to Gary Wood, Reg Barney, and Aaron Allen for their good work. Come sit awhile.

bench plaque

Photo Galleries

Farmers' Market LogoThank You!

The Canaan Farmers' Market would like to thank the Mascoma Savings bank for awarding us a grant of $500 to provide music at the 2016 market.

Canaan Farmers' Market

May - October
On the Common: 10AM-1PM

EBT/Debit Cards Accepted!

Shop the Farmers' Market; Reap the Benefits

Fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, baked goods, locally produced crafts, and more are for sale every week at the Canaan Farmers' Market every Sunday through Columbus Day weekend.

Rain or shine, all season long, Canaan Farmers' Market members bring their bounty so you can enjoy fresh, local foods and crafts and get to know the community members who produce them. You'll taste – and feel – the difference.

Come by to see what's in season, plan your supper around the best of the market, connect with the producers you buy from, and reap the health, environmental, social, and economic benefits of eating and shopping locally.

panoramic view of market

Make the Market a Part of Your Every Weekend!

Know Your Farmer Know Your Food

Email: canaanfarmersmarket@yahoo.com

Market 2015

happy customers
customer service gnarled tomatoes
market pumpkins cherry tomatoes
crate full of vegies Henry
 parsnips  market card  lettuce
Field Acres Farm Booth
Joanna Carr at Info Table Sunset Rock Acres Booth the Carrs in Market T-shirts

Market 2014

Scott Sanborn and band  jam vendor
vendor Autumn Harvest Vendor
Out of Chaos Vendor Soap Vendor

Friends of Canaan Village, Inc.

"Friends in Deeds"

Annual Report of 2015 Activities

bouquet of flowersAs its name implies, Friends of Canaan Village, Inc. is dedicated to supporting Canaan's Village center, also known as the Downtown.


To create a safe, vital, attractive, and welcoming village center through civic projects and activities and, thereby, to benefit the entire community.


Membership is open to all Canaan residents, and to non-residents as well, who support its mission.

Members are not required to attend meetings. Any level of involvement is very welcome, starting with simply paying dues ( whatever amount a member wishes to give). We are hoping to expand our membership. If you are interested in joining Friends, come to a meeting and learn more.

Ongoing Activities, Projects, and Support of Civic Enterprises

  • berries for saleFarmers' Market
  • Canaan Business and Services Directory
  • Old Home Days Participation
  • Ice Cream Sales at the weekly summer concerts
  • Financial Support for the Lions' Club Summer Bandstand "Concerts in the Park" and for the Playground

Downtown Safety and Beautification

  • beetsDowntown Revitalization Project maintenance
  • Spring Plantings
  • Maintenance of Depot Park
  • Holiday Lights and Decorations
  • David O. Cushman Winter Golf Tournament
  • Cooperation with other town committees and groups
  • Assist with Conservation Committee's Spring Roadside Clean-up