Saturday's the day for big tercentennial celebration
A program detailing Saturday's 300th anniversary celebration in Litchfield will be on sale for $10 on the Green.
The Litchfield Green will be the place to be on Saturday as it will host a living history day celebrating the 300th anniversary of the town.
Festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are being sponsored by the Litchfield Patriots, a group of local residents who formed to help enhance the anniversary celebration.
American Legion Post 44 of Bantam will begin the day at 10 with a veteran of the month service honoring 583 men from Litchfield and Morris who served during the Revolutionary War. The service will be held on the Center Green and will include representatives of Post 27 in Litchfield and Post 173 in Morris.
A Revolutionary War re-enactor will play Capt. James Morris, the namesake of the town, at the service.
The day will also include a military encampment of Revolutionary War re-enactors and a village set up to mimic life in town in the 18th century. The Litchfield Historical Society will lead guided tours and the First Congregational Church and St. Paul’s Lodge on Meadow Street will be open to the public.
It’s all free.
Many town residents, organizations and businesses have contributed to making the event possible. Major donors are the Connecticut Community Foundation, the First Congregational Church of Litchfield, L. Cleveland Fuessenich, the Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust, Klemm Real Estate, Philip Samponaro, Seherr-Thoss Foundation, Connecticut Public Television and National Public Radio. Daughters of Wisdom, Lourdes of Litchfield, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, Kim and Bryan Simmons, St. Anthony of Padua Church, and Union Savings Bank.
More than 55 additional donors are named in the day’s program flyer and many more volunteers are making this event
The East Green will feature the Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch of the Sons of the American Revolution of Litchfield hosting the military encampment and the Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Litchfield offering genealogy services.
The Mattatuck Drum Band will perform at 4 p.m.
St. Paul’s Lodge was chartered in 1781 and is the home of Freemasonry. The open house will give the public a chance to learn about what the Masons do to benefit the local community and the world.
The First Congregational Church was the first important structure in Litchfield when the town was incorporated in 1719. The first meetinghouse was located on the East Green and was used for town meetings, tax collecting and socializing in addition to worship. It served as a military recruiting office during the Revolutionary War and was used to store weapons. The church will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.