America's Pastimes:
Sports and Recreation in Litchfield

Swing a bat with the Tri-State Champion Cowboys. Race your way through the Litchfield Hills. Splash around in Bantam Lake. Ride a high wheel to the town green. Score a basket in the school gym. Play cricket with the students of the Law School.

Sports and recreation are universal experiences. Whether we make it to the big leagues or never leave our backyards, these activities play important roles in our lives. They promote health and wellness as well as leisure and relaxation. They teach us about competition, but also about working together. They help build teams and form lasting relationships. Above all else, they encourage us to move, to think, and to interact.

On April 16, 2016 the Litchfield Historical Society will open to the public its latest exhibition, America’s Pastimes: Sports and Recreation in Litchfield. The exhibit highlights the role of sports and recreation in town from its founding to today, showcasing the stories and experiences of Litchfield residents, players, coaches, fans, and enthusiasts. To communicate the active nature of this history, the exhibit groups together sports, games, and leisure activities of both past and present based on the actions they entail, from swinging a tennis racket to playing a game of chess. The exhibit incorporates several hands-on interactives for visitors to enjoy.

This exhibit will be on display from April 16, 2016 to November 26, 2017. To view the schedule of exhibit-related programming, see our calendar here.

Community Contributions

Envisioned from the beginning as an exhibit to highlight the stories of the Litchfield community, America’s Pastimes includes numerous photographs, objects, and memories submitted by residents of Bantam, East Litchfield, Litchfield, Milton, and Northfield.

Objects loaned for the exhibit include a megaphone used by the Litchfield Hills Rowing Club, an original snail-shaped mile marker from the Litchfield Hills Road Race, field hockey gear from the Marvelous Mothers team, a championship ball signed by the 1959 Litchfield High School boys basketball team, and a set of wooden golf clubs made by Tom Auchterlonie, a well-known Scottish craftsman also commissioned to make clubs for the Japanese royal family.

To read more about the sports, leisure activities, and organizations that will be included in the exhibit, click here!

Exhibit Sponsors
Village Wine Cellar
R. Derwin Clothiers
Sportsmen's




Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To find out how you can help tell the story of America’s Pastimes, please contact curator@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.