Historical Markers in
Litchfield County, Connecticut

1835 Highway Marker 1902 Constitutional Convention Pin Oak Tree A Memorial To The Soldiers Who Served Ancient Trading Path Austin Hawes Memorial Campground Barkhamsted Barkhamsted Center Cemetery Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Cellar Holes Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Cemetery Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Charcoal Kilns Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Grind Stone Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Stone Quarry Barkhamsted Soldiers Memorial Barnum & Richardson Foundry Bear Mountain, Connecticut Bellamy - Ferriday House Bethlehem Bethlehem Civil War and World War I Memorial Bethlehem Korean War Memorial Bethlehem Revolutionary War Memorial Bethlehem Vietnam War Memorial Bethlehem War of 1812 Memorial Bethlehem World War II Memorial Birth of an Industry Brian E. Tierney Preserve Bridgeport Wood Finishing Company Bridgewater Bridgewater Center Bridgewater WW I Memorial Bridgewater WW II Memorial Cadet Charles K. Hodge Camp Macedonia Company 1191 Camp White Canaan Casting Arch & Furnace Hearth Central New England Railroad Childhood Home of Capt. William D. Burnham Civil War Monument Civilian Conservation Corps Fire Ponds Coe Memorial Park Col. Seth Warner Monument Colebrook Colebrook Veterans Memorial Constitution Oak Cornwall Cornwall Korea – Vietnam Veterans Monument Cornwall World War I – World War II Veterans Monument Dedicated To All Veterans Dedicated to the Men and Women of Sharon Demonstration Charcoal Mound Dorence Atwater, Plymouth's Civil War Hero Dr. Bellamy Meetinghouse Earliest American Law School East Canaan Veterans Monument East Plymouth and St. Matthew’s Cemetery Falls Bridge Falls Village Veterans Monument First Congregational Church of Plymouth First Foreign Mission School First Forge First Meeting House Forever Mourned / Forever Honored Forever Mourned / Forever Honored Forever Mourned Forever Honored Fr. Michael J. McGivney Francis L. Sheane Memorial Gaylordsville World War II Monument Glebe House Goshen Goshen Civil War Monument Goshen French and Indian War & Revolutionary War Memorial Goshen Korean War and Vietnam War Monument Goshen World War I Monument Goshen World War II Monument Greystone Falls Gunn Memorial Library Hale Barn and Trail Harwinton Harwinton Veterans Memorial Henry Robinson Buck Hillside Cemetery Veterans Memorial Hollow Church Bell Home Site Of Roger Sherman Homesite Of Lyman Beecher Hotchkiss-Fyler House Impressionism in Connecticut In Honor of Lambert Hitchcock In Memory Of George Washington In Memory of Robert Scoville, M.A. James Alldis House James Johnson House John Brown Birthplace John F. Bianchi Jonathan Scott and Hannah Hawkes Joseph Deferari Kent Kent Falls State Park Kent Soldiers' Monument Kent Veterans Monument Lambert Hitchcock Liberty Tree Memorial Liberty Tree Memorial Lincoln Herm Litchfield Litchfield Litchfield Historic District Litchfield Korean War Monument Litchfield Soldiers Memorial Litchfield Vietnam War Monument Litchfield World War I Monument Litchfield World War II Monument Lover’s Leap State Park Loyal Sons and Daughters M110A2 Howitzer S/P Major General John Sedgwick Malcolm “Mac” Baldrige Marion A. Munson Memorial Park McCall Foundation Memorial to Our Sons and Daughters Who Served Their Country in the World War 1914-1918 Michael Dayton Mills - Emerson House Milton F. "Mike" Dusek Memorial Mine Hill Preserve Morris Mustered Out Nation's First Public Library New Hartford New Hartford Remembers New Hartford Soldiers Memorial New Milford New Milford Civil War Memorial New Milford Veterans Monument New Milford WW I Memorial New Milford WW II Memorial Non-Repatriated Soldiers' Monument Norfolk Norfolk Soldiers Monument Norfolk Veterans Monument Norfolk World War I Monument North Canaan North Canaan Korean - World War II – Vietnam Veterans Monument North Canaan Veterans Monument North Goshen M.E. Church Doorstep Northfield Soldiers Memorial Oakville World War II Memorial Oliver Wolcott Jr. Home Original Date Stone Peoples State Forest Plymouth Plymouth Burying Ground Plymouth Center School Plymouth Soldiers Memorial Plymouth Veterans Monument Plymouth Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rev'd John Trumbull Riverton Roxbury Roxbury Veterans Monument Roxbury WW II Veterans Marker Salamander Salisbury Salisbury Academy Salisbury Soldiers' Monument Salisbury Veterans Monument Samuel Forbes Satan’s Kingdom Scion of the Charter Oak Seven Hearths Sharon Sharon Clock Tower Sharon Soldiers' Monument Sharon Veterans Monument Ships Bell of the U.S.S. Pittsburgh Site Of Birthplace Of Horace Bushnell Site of Church of Lyman Beecher Site of Methodist Church Site of Pierce Academy Site of Recruiting Tent Site Of St. Peter’s Church Site of the 2nd House of Worship Soldiers of 1776 Memorial Soldiers' Memorial Space Shuttle Tire Squire's Tavern Terryville Congregational Church Bell Terryville Soldiers Memorial The Charcoal Industry The Common The Eli Terry Jr. Water Wheel The Flood of August 19, 1955 The Norfolk Academy The Old Burying Ground The Old Terryville Cemetery The Orzech Family Preserve The Rock School This Tree Thomaston Thomaston Revolutionary Soldiers Thomaston Soldiers Memorial Thomaston Veterans Monument Thomaston World War I Memorial Thomaston World War I Monument Thomaston’s Three Tower Clocks To Honor The Men Of Camp Wolcott Torrington Torrington Soldiers Memorial Torrington Veterans Memorial Torrington Vietnam Monument Tuyere Arch Twin Red Oaks VFW 155mm Howitzer Wadhams Brothers Memorial Warren Warren Veterans Memorial Warrenton Woolen Mill Washington Washington Veterans Monument Washington World War I Memorial Watering Trough & Fountain Watertown Watertown Killed in Action Memorial Watertown World War II Monument What Is This Place? White Memorial Foundation Wilbur R. Shook Winchester Winchester Revolutionary War Memorial Winchester Soldiers Memorial Winchester Soldiers' Memorial Winchester VFW Monument Winchester World War I Memorial Winchester World War II Memorial Winsted Korean Conflict - Persian Gulf Monument Winsted Old Burying Ground Winsted Veterans Monument Winsted Vietnam Monument Woodbury Woodbury World War I Memorial Woodbury World War II Memorial World War II Living Memorial World’s First Condensed Milk Factory
The Connecticut River, which flows through the state, played a key role in the early settlement and development of Connecticut. The river provided a means of transportation for goods and people, and many of the state's early towns and cities were established along its banks.
Litchfield County, located in the northwestern part of Connecticut, has a rich and fascinating history that spans several centuries. The area was originally inhabited by indigenous peoples, most notably the Mattabesett and Paugussett tribes. European settlers began to arrive in the early 18th century, establishing the first settlements in the region.

The county was officially established in October 1751, named after Lichfield, England. It quickly became known for its beautiful landscapes and fertile land, which attracted more settlers and spurred the growth of agriculture and trade. Litchfield County became an important center for farming, producing crops such as grains, fruits, and vegetables.

During the American Revolutionary War, Litchfield County played a significant role, with many residents actively participating in the fight for independence. The area's strategic location along major trade routes and close proximity to New York City also made it a key hub for military operations and supply lines.

In the 19th century, Litchfield County experienced significant economic and cultural growth. The town of Litchfield itself emerged as a prominent center for education and law, with the establishment of the Litchfield Law School in 1784. Many famous figures, including Aaron Burr and John C. Calhoun, studied there.

Today, Litchfield County retains much of its historical character and charm. Its picturesque landscapes, historic architecture, and rich cultural heritage continue to attract visitors and residents alike. It stands as a reminder of the area's vibrant past and the resilience of the people who have shaped its history.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Litchfield County, Connecticut.

  • 1745: Litchfield County is established in the colony of Connecticut.
  • 1773: Tapping Reeve opens the Litchfield Law School, the first law school in the United States.
  • 1776-1783: Litchfield County actively supports the American Revolution.
  • 1800: The Litchfield Female Academy, one of the first educational institutions for women, is founded.
  • 1814: The Litchfield County Courthouse, designed by architect E. Townsend Mix, is completed.
  • 1833: The Shepaug Railroad, the first railroad in the county, is established.
  • 1856: The town of Torrington becomes the county seat of Litchfield County.
  • 1873: The Connecticut State Prison is relocated to Winsted in Litchfield County.
  • 1886: The Cornwall Bridge Iron Bridge, the oldest surviving metal truss bridge in Connecticut, is constructed.
  • 1937: The town of Sharon becomes the last town to be incorporated in Litchfield County.
  • 1978: The Litchfield Hills Film Festival, later rebranded as the Litchfield Hills Film Festival, is established.