Living history day to mark Litchfield tercentennial
Revolutionary War reenactment groups like this one will set up on the Litchfield Green during a living history day that will be held Sept. 7 to celebrate Litchfield's 300th anniversary. Contributed photo
The year-long celebration of the 300th anniversary of Litchfield will resume with a living history day on the Green on Sept. 7.
All three sections of the Green will feature events during the day. Revolutionary War reenactment groups will stage an encampment on the west Green in the featured event.
The center Green will host American Legion Post 44 of Bantam’s veteran of the month service at 10 a.m. and the east Green will be where local history organizations will showcase their passion for Revolutionary War history.
Litchfield Patriots, a nonprofit organization established last year to organize the day, will have a tent on the center Green where the names of Litchfield residents who fought in the war will be listed.
The Litchfield Historical Society, the Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch of the Sons of the American Revolution will be involved as well.
The First Congregational Church of Litchfield and the St. Paul’s Masonic Lodge on Meadow Street will be open for tours. Food sales will be handled by the Litchfield Lions Club and its grill master John Bongiorno.
Festivities will last until 5 p.m. and are free, although donations are being accepted by the Litchfield Patriots to help offset costs. Donations can be sent to Litchfield Patriots, P.O. Box 1719, Litchfield, 06759.
A listing of the day’s activities and written accounts of some of the historic Litchfield individuals of the Revolutionary War era can be found in a program published by the Litchfield Patriots and the Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust.
Contributors to the program include author and historian Peter Vermilyea of Litchfield, historical researcher and Revolutionary War re-enactor Tim Abbott of Canaan, Litchfield Patriots vice president Cleve Fuessenich, retired teacher and history enthusiast Dan Keefe of East Litchfield, Central Connecticut State University history teacher Stephen McGrath of Litchfield, and Litchfield Historical Society volunteer Lee Swift of Morris.
Bill Jones of Litchfield designed the cover of the program, which is on sale for $10 at the town clerk’s office, the First Congregational Church bookstore and Serendipity Boutique at 3 West St. Proceeds from program sales will help defray the cost of the one-day event.