Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys

Ethan Allen Born – Today in History: January 10

January 10, 2017

On January 10, 1738, future hero of the Revolutionary War Ethan Allen was believed to have been born to a... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Litchfield, Revolutionary War, Salisbury, War and Defense

Ralph Earl, Oliver Wolcott

Oliver Wolcott Dies – Today in History: December 1

December 1, 2016

On December 1, 1797, signer of the Declaration of Independence Oliver Wolcott died while serving his term as Connecticut’s governor.... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Litchfield, Oliver Wolcott, Politics and Government, Revolutionary War, Windsor

Pulling Down the Statue of King George II, New York City

Mariann Wolcott and Ralph Earl – Opposites Come Together and Make History

September 29, 2016

The story of Mariann Wolcott and Ralph Earl captures much of the complexity the Revolutionary War brought to the lives and interactions of ordinary citizens. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Bolton, Litchfield, New Haven, Norwalk, Oliver Wolcott, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War

The southeast block of West Street, Litchfield as it looked in the Civil War era, 1867

The Peace Movement in Litchfield

September 1, 2016

Connecticut saw no combat on its soil during the Civil War. Yet, the conflict left its mark on the state in ways that historians are still sorting out. This account details the war's impact on two Connecticut towns.  …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Goshen, Litchfield, Morris, Politics and Government, Social Movements

Forty acres of Bantam Lake had to be harvested to fill the ice house - Peter Vermilyea

Hidden Nearby: The Bantam Lake Ice House

August 8, 2016

In the days before refrigerators, Bantam Lake served a vital function as a supplier of ice that local residents used to preserve food when temperatures began to rise. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Everyday Life, Food and Drink, Litchfield, Morris

The Cottage Girl by Nancy Hale a pupil of Sarah Pierce's school

Educator Sarah Pierce Born – Today in History: June 26

June 26, 2016

On June 26, 1767, pioneering educator Sarah Pierce was born in Litchfield, and during her long life Pierce would open... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Education, Litchfield, Women

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe Born – Today in History: June 14

June 14, 2016

On June 14, 1811, author Harriet Beecher Stowe was born in Litchfield. The daughter of Reverend Lyman Beecher, Harriet was... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Litchfield, Literature

Oliver Wolcott Library

Modernism in Connecticut through Photographs

May 19, 2016

A creed as much as a style, Modernism rejected the forms of the past in favor of an architecture that reflected a new spirit of living. …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Bloomfield, Hartford, Historic Preservation, Litchfield, New Canaan, New Hartford, New Haven

Horace Bushnell

Horace Bushnell Born – Today in History: April 14

April 14, 2016

On April 14, 1802, Horace Bushnell was born in Bantam. Bushnell, who became a Congregational minister, author and theologian, is... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Belief, Horace Bushnell, Litchfield

Illustration of "The Family Feud. Rage of Mr. Sherman's mother, and terrible accusation -"He was poisoned.", from the book The Poison Fiend! Life, Crimes, and Conviction of Lydia Sherman... by George L. Barclay, 1873.

Lydia Sherman: The Derby Poisoner

March 10, 2016

Lydia Sherman confessed to killing three husbands and four children, but it is believed that the total number of her victims may be much higher. …[more]

Categories: Crime and Punishment, Derby, Development of the Industrial United States, Litchfield, Stratford, Women

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