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Litchfield's history comes to life on the Green (09-08-19)


Tim Abbott, a Revolutionary War re-enactor and member of the Litchfield Patriots, welcomes the crowd to the the living history day on the Green on Saturday. BZ photos

Litchfield's observation of its 300th anniversary continued on Saturday with a living history day on the Green.

The program was held to commemorate Litchfield's history during the Revolutionary War, a time when the town and its residents played a central role in the defeat of the British.

Revolutionary War re-enactors traveled from neighboring states to participate. Many of them portrayed the likes of Capt. Moses Seymour, Col. Benjamin Tallmadge, Col. Andrew Adams and the Rev. Judah Champion, the second minister of the First Congregational Church of Litchfield. 

Capt. James Morris also made an appearance. The town of Morris, which was known as South Farms during the war and belonged to Litchfield, is named for Capt. Morris, who participated in American Legion Post 44 of Bantam's veteran of the month service that got the day started.

The celebration of history was organized by the Litchfield Patriots, a group of local residents who spent more than a year planning the event. Tim Abbott, a historian and a re-enactor from Canaan, was key in the planning with his knowledge and connections.

Along with Abbott, the event committee included Karl Crump, Cleve Fuessenich, Rosemarie Greco, John Lilley, Lee Losee, Beth Murphy, Alice Ridgway, Diane Ryan, Eileen Schmidt, Richard Sheldon and Susan Weimann.

Participating organizations were the Litchfield Historical Society, the Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch of the Sons of the American Revolution, American Legion Post 44 and Post 27, the First Congregational Church of Litchfield and St. Paul's Masonic Lodge. The Litchfield Lions Club operated a concessions stand.

The Light Dragoons of Col. Benjamin Tallmadge were on the Green.

Revolutionary War re-enactors, above and below, demonstrated what life in Litchfield was like during the war.

Litchfield Lions Club President John Bongiorno works a modern day grill the club coiked hamburgers and hot dogs on.

Getting to know one of the re-enactors.

Re-enactor John Bradley of Hingham, Mass., played the role of commissary Jedediah Strong.

Cleve Fuessenich, right, of the Litchfield Patriots, chats with Selectman Jeffrey Zullo.

Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution operated a genealogy booth. Conducting research is Darcy Canu, left. Nancy Skilton is to the right and chapter Regent Jerry Ackerman is in the middle.

Lt. Col. Charles Jaworski, right, of American Legion Post 173, and re-enactor David Skorka, who was portraying Capt. James Morris at the veteran of the month service that got the day started.

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