Litchfield is a town in, and the former county seat of, Litchfield County, Connecticut. With a population of about 9,000, Litchfield includes the boroughs of Bantam and Litchfield within the town borders, along with three unincorporated villages: East Litchfield, Milton, and Northfield.
Founded in 1719, Litchfield was designated the county seat in 1751, and by the 1790s the town had become the leading commercial, social, cultural, and legal center of Northwestern Connecticut. Truly a Revolutionary town, Litchfield is where George Washington met with Colonel Tallmadge, who was the commander of the 2nd Connecticut Light Dragoons and also headed Washington’s “secret service” during the Revolutionary War.
During its “Golden Age” (1784–1834), Litchfield had an unusually high number of college-educated inhabitants, such as Samuel Miles Hopkins and Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Today, Litchfield is bustling with museums, galleries, theaters, shops and restaurants. It’s a classic example of a late 18th century New England town with a friendly population and an attractive Fine example of a late 18th century New England town with outdoor activities that include hiking, biking, horse back riding, watersports on Bantam Lake and the White Memorial Conservation Center.