Litchfield from Volume
II (1896) of the Connecticut Quarterly. This article,
combining local history, material about the community as it was at
the time the article was written, and several photographs, is
available as a download.
16+ pages, PDF format, download now
History of Litchfield,
by Alain C. White (1920). Available on CD-ROM. Please
click here to see the page
about White's History of Litchfield.
Litchfield Book of Days, By George C. Boswell (1899).
Litchfield has seemingly
always enjoyed good press. From local writers such as Harriet
Beecher Stowe to the present example, the place seems to have a
literary bent, and a fair amount of the output has been dedicated to
celebrating the more socially prominent members of that community.
This book, which is set up to take every day of the year and assign
an historic event involving Litchfielders to it, is an interesting
variation on the theme. There is history here, to be sure, but it
is larded among the anecdotes of the community’s upper class. An
interesting conceit: at the end of the text and before the
advertisements are a series of twelve blank pages, each headed with
a month, so that the reader whose family was insufficiently
prominent to have a date assigned to one of its own events, can
insert dates that are meaningful to them. The advertisements as the
end are interesting: one cannot find any of the names that appear in
the ads mentioned in the text! The book contains many
photographs and other illustrations and we're quite pleased with how
well they reproduce. This title is also listed in our
Americana and Social History section because of what the nature of
the book implicitly says about the social context of Litchfield.
291+ pages, in PDF format.
Download now for $3.25.
The Haven of Litchfield, an article
by Henry L. Shepherd, appears in
Lure of the Litchfield Hills - Volume XX, no. 3, Winter 1960.
with Plymouth Church by Stephen M. Griswold (1907). This Brooklyn Heights
church, always highly independent in its attitudes, grew from the
Puritan movement in New England, and its early members were transplanted
New Englanders. Its first preacher was Litchfield, CT-born Henry Ward
Beecher, who was noted as a great orator and was certainly a charismatic
personality. One is tempted to consider Plymouth Church as an early
example of what today we would call a megachurch, so large was its
membership and so widespread its influence, especially in areas outside
those normally relegated to churches. The book is largely biography of Beecher.
More information is on our
Kings County, NY page.