By Janet Serra

Posted: 02/28/2017 16:25:08

The Litchfield History Museum located on 7 South Street in the heart of Litchfield is offering a series of four themed walking tours of this iconic New England town on April 29, May 13, June 10 and July 1.  Each of these themed walking tours begins at 10 a.m. and starts at the Litchfield History Museum. The cost is $5 to participate for non members and registration is appreciated at registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org. Each walking tour lasts about one hour. 

In April, the Litchfield History Museum is opening its new exhibit for the season, Thoughts, Words, and Deeds: Exploring the Litchfield Female Academy, that will be on view April 22 through November 27, 2017 at the Litchfield History Museum. The exhibit introduces Miss Sarah Pierce's school and highlights newly discovered information about the students and their legacies. In conjunction with this exhibition the first walking tour planned on April 29 will visit sites pertinent to Litchfield's influential school for young women, founded in 1792 by Miss Sarah Pierce.

If you have admired the colonial architecture found in Litchfield be sure not to miss the second tour, Architectural Litchfield that is planned for May 13. This tour explores the questions of why the center of Litchfield have such a large green and so many white homes? Take a walk with the Litchfield Historical Society's Curator of Education, Kate Zullo, and learn how the history and stories of old Litchfield are preserved in the architecture of the town. The walk will begin at the Litchfield History Museum and cover North and South Streets. 

The Social Lives of the Litchfield Female Academy  and Litchfield Law School Students will be the highlight of the walking tour planned for June 10.  Participants will join an educator for a tour about the social lives of students who attended the Litchfield Law School and Litchfield Female Academy. Participants will hear  about their activities, social events, and even romances between students...and even the several marriages that took place!

The final walking tour will be held on July 1 and will explore Revolutionary Litchfield. Guests are invited to join an education staff member for a walking tour through Litchfield's Revolutionary history! Litchfield was a hotbed of activity during the Revolutionary War. Prisoners of war were jailed in this safe town, a military presence guarded stores and provisions, families were divided by those seeking their independence from the British crown.

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