Walking Tours of Historic Litchfield June 6 & 21

Litchfield is often referred to as the most well preserved colonial town in America and with good reason as the center was the first in Connecticut to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places in the state in 1959.

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The Litchfield Historical Society’s annual slate of walking tours for June begins at 10:00 am. During each tour, a museum educator or guest tour guide offers participants a new way to look at their surroundings with themed walks through Litchfield’s history. Each tour lasts about an hour—make sure to bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes!

Saturday, June 7 the theme of the tour will be on Litchfield and the Beecher Family. “This country is inhabited by sinners, saints, and Beechers.” Join the Historical Society on a tour through the places relating to the Beecher family, from the Congregational Church to the sites of their homestead and the Litchfield Female Academy on North Street. Hear the Beechers’ reflections on their childhood in Litchfield and the events that shaped their lives as activists, authors, and preachers in America’s most famous family.

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Saturday, June 21 is a very special “Curators” tour of Litchfield’s colonial revival architecture. In conjunction with the Society’s new exhibit on Litchfield during the Colonial Revival, The Lure of the Litchfield Hills, curator of collections Jessica Jenkins will lead a walking tour exploring some of the Colonial Revival hot spots around town.

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Taking the stories of the Colonial Revival out of the museum, participants will have a chance to hear about how areas of town, such as the business block and town green, underwent major changes in the first part of the 20th century. Ms. Jenkins will also explore the motives behind the social movement and touch on the evolution of the appearance of private homes as well as such iconic building as the Congregational Church. Join them for a intimate look at the Colonial Revival Movement in Litchfield and take a walk through history as you learn why Litchfield looks the way it does today.

This program is free for members and $10 for non-members; registration is required. Please call (860) 567-4501 or email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org to register.

The Litchfield History Museum is located at 7 South St., Litchfield, CT. For more information about this or other programs, please see www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org or call (860) 567-4501.

For information on where to stay, dine and shop visit www.litchifeldhills.com

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