SEARCH: History of New Canaan Street Names


Husted Lane

Dead-ending northward from the intersection of Main Street and Locust Avenue, developed from a seventeenth-century driftway. Shown as Husted Avenue on the 1967 map, it was called Husted Place in the 1888 and 1915 Directories, and only later became Husted Lane. It is named for a prominent eighteenth-and nineteenth-century family who owned much land in the center of town. Research on this road would be interesting and historically valuable. (Source: New Canaan Historical Society)

*** has partnered with the New Canaan Historical Society on a digital Street Names Database that lets readers look up the origins of local street names online.

With information drawn from a 1960 annual of the member-supported Historical Society, the searchable database is a drop-down menu that captures information on how New Canaan street names got their names, in a snapshot from that year.

The Historical Society has taken the further step of building out a completely updated list—should residents seek information that’s missing from the database (such as more modern street names) or want to review in greater detail what’s included in it—and that’s all available in the organization’s research library at 13 Oenoke Ridge Road (top of God’s Acre).

We’ve created a new category, all the way on the right on the main navigation bar on the homepage called “Bookmarks” where we’ve filed this Street Name Database, so you can find it easily next time you’re looking:

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This is a fluid database: If you have any memories, photos or information to share about street name history in New Canaan, please feel free to post a comment on this article or email and we’ll incorporate it into the appropriate entry.