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2. A Drive Through the Historic Heart of Litchfield

Just off the Green, a quick jaunt down Rte. 63 North and Rte. 63 South takes you through the historic heart of Litchfield that has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1959.

Driving down Rte. 63 North you will see some of the most impressive homes to be found anywhere in New England.

One of the first homes you will pass is the house once owned by Benjamin Tallmadge (circa 1760), an aide to George Washington, who added the two story porticos after seeing Mount Vernon.

Next is the mansard-roofed house that once was Sheldon's Tavern and is now a private residence. It was built as a hostelry in 1760 and hosted George Washington several times. Washington's aide Alexander Hamilton stayed with him in 1781 -- Litchfield resident, Aaron Burr would kill him in a duel years later.

Continuing on Rte. 63 North you will also pass the birth site of Harriett Beecher Stowe (1775), author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and the site of the Sarah Pierce Academy that was the first school for girls in America established by Sarah Pierce in 1792.