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"Litchfield, a beautiful post-village and seat of justice of Litchfield county, Connecticut, 31 miles W. from Hartford, and 37 miles X. W. by N. from New Haven. It is situated on an elevation, surrounded by rich and varied scenery. One of the largest lakes in the state lies in full view. The principal dwellings and stores arc on two streets, crossing each other at right angles, at the inter section of which is a handsome square. Be sides the county buildings, it contains a Congregational and an Episcopal church, a branch of the Phoenix bank of Hartford, and 2 newspaper offices. A law school, which was established here in 1784, by the Hon. Tapping Reeve, was for many years the most celebrated in the United States. After the death of its distinguished founder, the school was discontinued. Population of the township, 3957."

A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ...
Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.)Joseph ThomasJanuary 1, 1854
Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.

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  • 1784 - Tapping Reeve established the first law school in the United States in Litchfield. resources/ state-history-timeline/

  • 1819 - Litchfield
    Litchfield, an extensive, wealthy and populous township, and seat of justice of the county, is situated in north lat. 41 degrees 50', being 30 miles...Read MORE...

  • 1836 - Litchfield
    The tract of land now comprised in the township of Litchfield, was called by the native Indians Bantam. In 1718, it was purchased of the colony of...Read MORE...

    Litchfield was crowded with people all day Saturday, come to view the ruins of the big fire. Farmers drove in from miles around and the hotels were...Read MORE...

    WATERBURY, Conn., Aug. 9. - For the second time in three years Litchfield suffered the loss of a large portion of her business blocks this morning....Read MORE...

  • News 1889 - The death of Mrs. Theron Beach occurred on the 8th at her home in Litchfield, Conn., in her one hundred and first year.
    During more than a century of life she had lived in one house. That house her grandfather built in 1785, and there she was born and there she died.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 13, 1889

  • Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
    Litchfield High School
  • Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
    South Street looking North, Litchfield, Conn.
  • News 1910 - FIRE IN FAMOUS HOTEL. House In Which Lafayette Was Entertained Damaged $10,000.
    Special to The New York Times.

    WINSTED, Conn., Dec. 23. - The old United States Hotel in Litchfield, built about 130 years ago and the scene of a...Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Litchfield, a banking post-borough and one of the capitals of Litchfield co., Conn., in a township (town) of the same name, 30 miles W. of Hartford,...Read MORE...

  • Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
    Main Street, Litchfield, Connecticut

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