Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys

Ethan Allen Born – Today in History: January 10

January 10, 2018

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, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War, Salisbury, War and Defense

Hidden Nearby: The Bantam Lake Ice House

August 8, 2017

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

Map shows the neighborhood where the murder took place

Murder on the Map: The Mysterious Death of Captain George M. Colvocoresses

June 27, 2017

At first glance, this hand-drawn map appears unremarkable but it depicts the scene of a sensational crime in Bridgeport. …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Crime and Punishment, Litchfield

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

Educator Sarah Pierce Born – Today in History: June 26

June 26, 2017

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

Henry Ward Beecher, ca. 1866

Henry Ward Beecher Born – Today in History: June 24

June 24, 2017

On June 24, 1813, Henry Ward Beecher was born in Litchfield. The Beechers were already well-known because Lyman Beecher, Henry’s... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Belief, Litchfield

Horace Bushnell

Horace Bushnell Born – Today in History: April 14

April 14, 2017

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

Looking Back: Tempest Tossed, the Story of Isabella Beecher Hooker

March 5, 2017

Isabella Beecher was a suffragist and spiritualist who shunned traditional female roles while alienating large parts of her famous family during her brother's adultery scandal. …[more]

Categories: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hartford, Isabella Beecher Hooker, Litchfield, Social Movements, Women

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

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