The Tapping Reeve House and Litchfield Law School takes visitors on a journey through the 19th century life of a real student who came to Litchfield for an education at the Litchfield Law School or the Litchfield Female Academy. Through role-playing, hands-on areas, and interpretive exhibits, each visitor explores timeless issues of travel, communication, education, and community. The Litchfield Law School is the Nation’s first law school. Touring the school showcases the evolution of law education and instruction, while exploring how Litchfield became home to such a valuable institution.
Visitors of all ages are encouraged to meet the students as they watch the introductory video Coming to Litchfield. Throughout the Tapping Reeve House, visitors can experience student life as they try on period clothes, make decisions about what supplies to buy, and vote on issues of the day.
Katherine Hermes of Central Connecticut State University had this to say:
“If you want an experience that alters your perception of what a museum is like, humanizes the past, engages every member of your family, contributes to historical debate on an intelligent level, and offers a critical look at America’s early republic, come to Litchfield.” Connecticut History Volume 39 Number 2, Fall 2000
Open mid-April through November
Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 1-5 p.m.
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MUSEUMS FREE TO ALL!
In our continuing efforts to better serve the Litchfield community we are pleased to once again offer free admission in 2017, generously sponsored by Ericson Insurance Advisors.