Litchfield photographs, Blizzard of 1888, 1888
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Brief Description:

The Blizzard of 1888 photographs (2011-24-0) are two photographs of Dr. Buel's house on North Street in Litchfield, Connecticut taken after the storm.  One shows the road near the house and the snow piles the other is a view of the front of the house with the snow almost as high as the roof of the front porch.  Both photographs are identified on the verso.

A description of the snow piles at Dr. Buel's can be found in the Litchfield Book of Days (1899), "The most remarkable drifts are at Dr. [H. W.] Buel's. One, a little west of the house, about 20 feet, to a level with the eaves. There is an addition on the west of Dr. Buel's house, reaching- about to the eaves, which is almost completely covered by the snow, so that our reporter, walking- along the top of the drift, passed completely over the roof of this part of the house, and down on the northern side. There is a drift on the east which is even higher, shutting up one of the library windows completely, and reaching nearly to the top of one of the large firs which form a hedge on that side of the house. — Litchfield Enquirer."

The photographs were found in the home of Alfred and Jean (Peck) Smith and given to the Historical Society by the donor.

Held at:
Litchfield Historical Society
7 South Street, P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 6759
Phone: 860-567-4501
Fax: 860-567-3565
Email: archivist [at]
Record Series Number: 00/2011-24-0
Volume: 2.0 Photographs
Acquired: 04/22/2011.
Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Blizzards - Connecticut
Buel family
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Acquisition Notes: Joanne M. Potter  Gift.
Related Materials: Sarah M. Hopkins Kilbourn diary, 1888; Litchfield Historical Society photograph collectio
PreferredCitation: Blizzard of 1888 Photographs (2011-24-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.