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3. Legal Litchfield - The Tapping Reeve House and Law School

On Rte. 63 South, you will pass the Litchfield History Museum, which has seven galleries displaying a fine selection of early American paintings, furniture, decorative arts, and exhibits on Litchfield County history.

Just beyond the History Museum you will pass, the Tapping Reeve House and Law School established in 1773 and noted as the first Law School in America. Over the next fifty years, more than 1,000 students graduated from the school including three Supreme Court justices, six cabinet members, a dozen governors and over one hundred and thirty members of Congress. Famous graduates included two-vice presidents, Aaron Burr and John Calhoun, inventor Sydney Morse, lexicographer Noah Webster, and painter George Catlin.

Continuing on Rte. 63 you will also pass houses once belonging to Oliver Wolcott, Jr. (1799) now used as Litchfield's Library, complete with a second floor ballroom, and the oldest house in the Borough on its original site, owned by Oliver Wolcott, Sr. (1753), a signer of the Declaration of Independence and an early Connecticut Governor.

Just off Rte. 63 on Old South Road, you can drive by the birthplace of Ethan Allen (1736) Revolutionary leader of the Green Mountain Boys.