WASHINGTON—Litchfield was founded 57 years before the Declaration of Independence, and it wears its distinctive history proudly. Visitors first note the town’s scenic beauty, then its pace, friendly atmosphere, and historic architecture, but perhaps more importantly Litchfield was the home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”; briefly of Ethan Allen, a hero of the Revolutionary War; Sarah Pierce, whose Litchfield Female Academy pioneered education for women; Tapping Reeve, founder of the first American law school; and Oliver Wolcott, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Litchfield was also the home of Alain and Margaret White, whose visionary donation of 4,000 acres of woodlands and wetlands thrust Litchfield into the forefront of nature conservancy.
Ralph White’s book, “Litchfield,” is photographic history in a walking tour format. It opens around the village green, leads the reader up one side of North Street and down the other, followed by South Street and the rest of the Historic District. Separate chapters feature Litchfield’s outskirts, Bantam, and White Memorial. Litchfield is an easily portable paperback, the newest entry in Arcadia Publishing’s popular “Images of America” series of local histories. “Litchfield” comprises 200 vintage black and white images, including many from private collections that have never been published. The captions are descriptive and often entertaining, making the town’s history fun and accessible.
Mr. White will discuss his book July 31 at 2 p.m. at the Hickory Stick Bookstore in Washington. The event is free and open to the public. Call to reserve a copy. If unable to attend, call to reserve an autographed copy.
Mr. White is a Litchfield native, a graduate of Litchfield schools, and active in the town’s civic, social, and professional life. After a career in international banking, highlighted by 10 years in Asia and 20 in New York City, Mr. White once again lives in the house on Norfolk Road where he grew up. Ralph White is a trustee of the Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust, founder of the Litchfield Professional Network, and past president of the Litchfield Country Club. He is a business consultant, real estate finance professional, and a writer.