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North Street, Litchfield

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North Street - Litchfield, Connecticut

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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   When taking one of northwestern Connecticut's back-road rambles through a pleasant mix of small towns and fields of promising crops, there's a good chance you'll drive through Litchfield. Itís here "where all four points of the compass meet." Sinclair Lewis stated, "The only street in America more beautiful than North Street in Litchfield is South Street in Litchfield." He could have continued, passing his opinion on the beauty of the Town Green, where East and West streets meet North and South streets at the round-about.
   Laid out in the mid 1700s, today Litchfield's wonderfully shaded streets and Litchfield Congregational Church immaculate homes appear unchanged from yesteryear. Prominent Litchfield citizens included brother and sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Henry Ward Beecher. The Litchfield Tapping Reeve House and Law School, founded by Tapping Reeve, survives to this day. Tours usher visitors back through time during the lives of early 19th century law students.
   This eye-catching, well kept North Street home is only enhanced with autumn's beautiful foliage. Here in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, autumnís vibrant handiwork lingers through October. Historic structures and charming shops also circle the central Green. Before you leave town and continue on your scenic drive, make sure to pause outside the Congregational Church. Their first meeting house was built on the Green in 1723. This beautiful Colonial Revival structure dates back to 1828, with its soaring steeple added in 1930.

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