Litchfield History Museum
THE LITCHFIELD HISTORY MUSEUM invites visitors to explore the evolution of a small New England town. Furniture, historic clothing, household objects and paintings reveal Litchfield's history from its earliest European settlement to the present day. The museum's seven galleries highlight family life and work during the fifty years after the American Revolution, a time when Litchfield was a bustling commercial, political, and educational center. Hands-on areas help visitors discover the town's past.
- The Lure of the Litchfield Hills
This exhibit will explore what was behind the Colonial Revival Movement, how the residents of Litchfield embraced their ancestral past and how the community came to look the way it does today. Visitors are invited to join in exploring this social movement that touched all aspects of American life from architecture and landscaping, to fashion, home decoration and beyond. Open from April 12, 2014 through November 29, 2015.
- The Hour of Conflict
The exhibit examines the ways in which the American Civil War impacted the residents of Litchfield, Connecticut in the 1860s. The exhibit will also incorporate hands-on activities and the opportunity to experience camp life as Litchfield's men did more than a century and a half ago. Students of the Litchfield Montessori School acted as Junior Curators to research, design, and create a special portion of the exhibition. Open April 21, 2012 through December 1, 2013.
- Goods for Sale! Cash, Credit, and Trade in Litchfield, 1790-1850
This exhibition will focus on the tradesmen and craftsmen who were working in Litchfield from the end of the Revolutionary War until the middle of the 19th century. The show will illustrate the wealth of the community, the business it supported and the changes that occurred in the mid 19th century that saw Litchfield transition from a populous and active community to a small, remote town. Open April 17, 2010 through November 27, 2011.
- Litchfield: Colonial Revival Town
This is a small online exhibit showcasing Litchfield's town green. The exhibit includes several etchings and early photographs from the Historical Society's collections that depict the green throughout the town's history. The Litchfield exhibit is part of towngreens.com, a site dedicated to the history of town greens throughout Connecticut.
- Previous Exhibits at the Litchfield History Museum
There are three ways to learn about the collections online. To read a description, go to Scope of the Collections. To view images, choose Highlights of the Collections. To search the collections online choose Search the Collections