Classic New England Architecture in Litchfield, Connecticut

This idyllic town in northwest Connecticut boasts plenty of well-preserved old houses.

“Litchfield is peaceful and a great place to write,” says resident Florence de Dampierre. “Yet it’s close to New York and full of interesting people…the perfect combination of calm and social interaction.”

Among the prettiest of New England towns, Litchfield, founded in 1719, is set in a landscape of rolling hills, endless woodlands, and early American houses. You can almost imagine arriving by stagecoach—especially as this was once an important stopover between Boston and New York. Many 18th- and 19th-century houses stand along the streets that radiate from the village green, in styles from Georgian and Saltbox to Greek Revival, along with later classics. Nearby towns in Litchfield County—Washington, Salisbury, Kent—figure in American history. Today the area is home to many well-known designers, artists, and actors.

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