Colonial revival town Litchfield has a lot to offer for history buffs, visitors

Litchfield, the quintessential colonial revival town, is a great town to visit for those who love history and a sense of community.

News 12 Staff

Sep 7, 2023, 11:23 AM

Updated 227 days ago

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Litchfield, the quintessential colonial revival town, is a great spot to visit for those who love history and a sense of community.
In the center of Litchfield lies the Litchfield History Museum, home to the town's historical society. The newest exhibit called “Ready for the Call, the Red Cross in Litchfield” talks about the local chapter of the Red Cross, which was first founded in Connecticut.
One of the most interesting pieces in the exhibit is the document that was signed by Clara Barton, recognizing Litchfield as a chapter of the Red Cross.
The museum also has features about Litchfield and their involvement in the Connecticut Western Reserve, which was an area in northeast Ohio that was owned, sold and settled by people from Connecticut.
The Litchfield History Museum houses the single largest Institutional collection of artist Ralph Earl, a portrait and landscape painter.
Just down South Street is where the Tapping Reeve House and the law school are. Visitors can come and learn about the first law school in the nation and what the experience was like for students attending that school.
Tapping Reeve was a lawyer, an attorney, a jurist (now known as a judge). The museum officials say Reeve created the foundation of understanding in how we view American law.
Walking tours are also offered in the center of Litchfield. Visitors will be able to look at all the different and important moments in Litchfield history. After the tour, they're encourages to check out the many restaurants and shops.
The Litchfield Historical Society will be hosting its fall fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 9


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