Litchfield

Litchfield Law School
Litchfield Law School, Litchfield

This Litchfield County town is in the northwest portion of the state. Incorporated in 1719, Litchfield’s founders came from Hartford and Windsor. They cleared land for pastures and farming and established mills, blacksmith shops, and other small industries. In the late 1700s, Litchfield became a commercial and cultural center. In 1784 Tapping Reeve established the country’s first law school, and in 1792, Sarah Pierce opened the Litchfield Female Academy, one of the nation’s first schools dedicated to higher education for girls. In the 1800s, industry faltered and the town became a quiet resort community. Today, its Colonial- and Colonial Revival-era architecture draws tourists seeking traces of “Olde New England.”

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Places

“Hervey Brooks Pottery Collection.” The Litchfield Historical Society, 2012. Link.
“Mattatuck State Forest.” Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, 2012. Link.
“Mount Tom State Park.” Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, 2012. Link.
“Solomon Rowe House.” Connecticut Freedom Trail, 2012. Link.
“The Litchfield Historical Society,” 2013. Link.
“The Reeve House and Litchfield Law School.” The Litchfield Historical Society, 2012. Link.
“The White Memorial Conservation Center,” 2012. Link.
“Topsmead State Forest.” Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, 2012. Link.

Documents

“Litchfield Ledger - Database.” Litchfield Historical Society, 2010. Link.

Books

Bulkeley, Alice. Historic Litchfield, 1721-1907 Being a Short Account of the History of the Old Houses of Litchfield. Hartford, CT: Hartford Press, 1907. Link.
J.W. Lewis & Company. History of Litchfield County, Connecticut, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of the Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia, PA: J.W. Lewis & Company, 1881. Link.
White, Ralph. Litchfield. Charleston,  SC: Arcadia, 2011.
Carley, Rachel. Litchfield: The Making of a New England Town. Litchfield, CT: Litchfield Historical Society, 2011.
Litchfield Historical Society. Some Historic Sites of Litchfield, Connecticut. Litchfield,  CT, 1933. Link.
Litchfield Historical Society, and Alain White. The History of the Town of Litchfield, Connecticut, 1720-1920. Litchfield, CT: Enquirer Print, 1920. Link.
Fecto, Betsy. The Northern Litchfield Hills. Dover,  NH: Arcadia, 1996.
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