National Register Listings in
Litchfield County, Connecticut

Alldis, James, House American Legion Forest CCC Shelter Anderson, Leroy, House Bacon, Jabez, House Baldwin, Amos, House Barkhamsted Center Historic District Beardsley, Capt. Philo, House Beckley Furnace Bellamy, Joseph, House Benedict, Francis Jr., House Bethlehem Green Historic District Bissell, Henry B., House Boardman's Bridge Braman Camp Bridge #2305 Bridge No. 560 Bridgewater Center Historic District Bryan, Roderick, House Bull's Bridge Bull, Capt. William, Tavern Burlington-Harmony Hill Roads Historic District Burrall-Belden House Calhoun-Ives Historic District Camp, Moses, House Canaan Village Historic District Catlin, J. Howard, House Chapin, Philip, House Childs, Starling, Camp Coffing, John C., House Colebrook Center Historic District Colebrook Store Cornwall Bridge Railroad Station Cream Hill Agricultural School Cream Hill Shelter Downtown Torrington Historic District East Plymouth Historic District Esperanza Falls Village District Farnum House Flanders Historic District Forbes, Samuel, Homestead Foster, Stephen and Helen, House Fyler-Hotchkiss Estate Gay, Ebenezer, House Gilbert Clock Factory Gillette's Grist Mill Glebe House Goshen Historic District Gould House Gov. Smith Homestead Halpine, J. S., Tobacco Warehouse Haystack Mountain Tower Hillside Hine-Buckingham Farms Holabird House Hollister, Homestead, The Hose and Hook and Ladder Truck Building Hotchkissville Historic District Housatonic Railroad Station Kent Iron Furnace Lakeville Historic District Lakeville Manor Lawrence, Isaac, House Lime Rock Historic District Lime Rock Park Race Track Litchfield Historic District Litchfield Historic District Litchfield-South Roads Historic District Lover's Leap Bridge Low House Martin, Caleb, House Mead Camp Merritt Beach & Son Building Merryall Union Evangelical Society Chapel Merwinsville Hotel Migeon Avenue Historic District Milton Center Historic District Minortown Road Bridge Moore Jr., William, House Moseley House-Farm Moss Hill Mount Tom Tower Mulville House Music Mountain New Milford Center Historic District New Preston Hill Historic District Noble House Norfolk Country Club House Norfolk Downs Shelter Norfolk Historic District Old Riverton Inn Pardee, James, House Paugnut Forest Administration Building Peoples Forest Museum Phelps Farms Historic District Phelps, Arah, Inn Pine Meadow Historic District Plymouth Center Historic District Plymouth Center Historic District (Boundary Increase) Rectory and Church of the Immaculate Conception Red Mountain Shelter Reeve, Tapping, House and Law School Reynolds Bridge Riverton Historic District Rock Hall Rockwell House Rockwell, Solomon, House Roxbury Center Rumsey Hall Rye House Salisbury Center Historic District Sanford, Frederick S., House Schoverling, Carl F., Tobacco Warehouse Scoville Memorial Library Scoville Powerhouse Sedgwick, Maj. Gen. John, House Sharon Historic District Sharon Valley Historic District Shepard, John, House Sherman, David, House Skee's Diner Skilton Road Bridge Skinner, Jason, House South Canaan Congregational Church South School Sports Building St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Steward's House, Foreign Mission School Stoeckel, Robbins, House Sun Terrace Sunny Ridge Historic District Tamarack Lodge Bungalow Terryville Waterwheel Thomaston Opera House Thumb, Tom, House Topsmead Torringford Street Historic District Torrington Fire Department Headquarters Town Hall and District School No. 6 Trinity Church Trinity Church Union Church/St. Paul's Church Union Depot United Bank Building Villa Friuli Warner Theatre Warren Congregational Church Warrenton Woolen Mill Washington Green Historic District Water Street Historic District Watertown Center Historic District Welch, David, House West Cornwall Bridge West End Commercial District West Goshen Historic District Wildman, E. A., & Co. Tobacco Warehouse Winchester Soldiers' Monument Winsted Green Historic District Winsted Green National Register Historic District (Boundary Increase) Winsted Hosiery Mill Winsted Water Works Wolcott, Oliver, House Woodbury Historic District No. 1 Woodbury Historic District No. 2 World War I Memorial
The first lollipop-making machine was invented in New Haven, Connecticut in 1908 by George Smith. He named the candy after a popular racing horse called Lolly Pop.
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.