No matter what time of year, Litchfield impresses visitors with its colonial charm and serenity. Litchfield is considered to be one of America's finest surviving examples of a typical, unspoiled 18th century village because of its wide maple-lined streets, well preserved 18th and 19th century homes and its Congregational Church facing a picture book village green.
The Litchfield Green laid out in the early 1770's has remained much the same through the years. On the Green, you will find a tempting variety of shops and restaurants, as well as fine art and craft galleries such as P.S. Gallery showing original paintings and prints by the areas most talented artists and Troy Brook Visions Gallery in Cobble Court that displays handmade Shaker, Mission, Arts and Crafts furniture as well as original designs by Master Craftsman Daniel Gugnoni. Just outside the center is the Studio of Walt Pascoe, an independent designer and builder of custom furniture specializing in contemporary interpretation of classic forms.
The Congregational Church, an architectural classic, built in 1828 is the most photographed church in New England. The refined proportions of this church built in the Federal style were not always appreciated. Incredibly, in 1873, this outstanding example of church architecture was sold, and moved around the corner to make way for a more "fashionable" church in the Gothic style. The "old church" whose steeple had been shorn served as an armory during World War I, a dance hall, a movie theater, and even a roller skating rink! In 1929 a colonial revival effort began in Litchfield. As a result of the revival, the Gothic style church was demolished and the "old church" was re-purchased, moved to its former site, and painstakingly restored to the classic beauty it is today.