LITCHFIELD — The town-wide celebration of Litchfield’s 300th anniversary will honor the town’s Revolutionary War patriots and their contributions to the 18th century burgeoning new nation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 7 at the Litchfield Green.
Litchfield was incorporated on May 19, 1719.
This day-long event is free and open to the public and is organized by the Litchfield Patriots, a volunteer group of citizens, eager to share the rich history of the town.
On the Center Green, Litchfield’s two American Legion posts will open the day with a ceremony honoring the Revolutionary War Veterans by raising a 13-star flag accompanied by music of the period and Revolutionary re-enactors.
The West Green will be turned into a typical 18th century village. Visitors will be able to engage with various aspects of village life and meet townsfolk of the era.
On the East Green, Children of the American Revolution will display children’s items from daily life.
The Daughters of the American Revolution will have genealogists available who will share information about how to find out about one’s ancestors.
The Sons of the American Revolution will set up a military encampment typical to that period in history.
Litchfield’s First Congregational Church will be open to chat with those who wish to learn about the church’s colonial active community outreach, especially about one of their outspoken ministers and his challenging sermons.
The Litchfield Historical Society will offer two Revolutionary walking tours and activities for children.
Since St. Paul’s Masonic Lodge was established during the Revolutionary War, the lodge will host an open house to share their history.
A special commemorative book which serves as a guide has been created and may be purchased at the event.
The Mattatuck Drum Band will perform music from the colonial period at 4 p.m.
Those interested in making a tax-deductible donation towards this free event can send a check to Litchfield Patriots, P.O. Box 1719, Litchfield 06759-01719.