Here's a bit of history – about the Inn and Falls Village itself.
The Falls Village Inn is the anchor that defines the character of this little slice of paradise. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, the Falls Village District is 70 acres, the result of an economic boom in the middle of the 19th century.
The Falls Village Inn itself was built in 1834 more than 180 years ago. As reported by the Litchfield County Times, the Inn has “helped shape Falls Village’s history in more ways than one.” Not only are there tales of it once being home to a brothel, but also a ghostly presence has been claimed over the years. Twice in its history the inn caught fire, and it was after the second one that the town decided to charter, in 1924, a volunteer fire department – and then built it right next door.
Oh, are you wondering where the “Falls” in Falls Village came from? Within walking distance of the Inn, just upstream from the steel bridge over the Housatonic River, is a stunning set of waterfalls, the second largest in the State.
In the mid-19th century, they helped power the Ames Iron Works, which produced cannons for the Civil War. To transport freight from the ironworks, as well as passengers, the Housatonic Railroad made Falls Village a stop on the line between Bridgeport, on Long Island Sound, and Massachusetts.
The town that grew up around the train station is largely intact. The depot, The Inn, the banks, the street layout and the houses today maintain their 19th-century integrity, according to the Department of the Interior.
We hope you take some time to see the manmade and natural wonders that inspired the name of the town.