Cultural & Recreational
Litchfield has two excellent public libraries that are privately maintained. The Oliver Wolcott Library is located at 160 South Street. For information call 860-567-8030. The Gilbert Library is located at 38 Main Street in the village of Northfield. For information call 860-283-8176.
The Bantam Cinema is located on Route 209 in the Borough of Bantam and offers a wide variety of cultural and current films. For information call 860-567-0006.
The Litchfield Historical Society, at the corner of South and East Streets, occupies a 1905 classical brick building which houses the Litchfield History Museum and a historical research library. For information call 860-567-4501.
Bantam Lake, the largest natural body of water in the State, has summer cottages, camping, swimming, boating and fishing, and sports ice boats, skaters and ice fisherman in the winter. Bantam Lake is also host to the annual Bantam Lake Ski Club Show in August.
Litchfield Nature Center & Museum, on the grounds of the White Memorial Foundation, contains large dioramas showing wildlife in the area and many other exciting exhibits. There is a wooden boardwalk thru wetland habitats. White Memorial’s 4000 acres offer public recreation facilities for summer and winter – swimming, fishing, boating, camping, picnicking, riding, snow shoeing, cross country skiing and hiking on miles of trails. For information call 860-567-0857.
The Litchfield Community Field, North Lake Street, offers tennis and basketball courts, running track, three ballfields, a pavilion for picnics and a playscape.
Topsmead State Forest, formally the Edith M. Chase estate, is located on Buell Road off Route 118, featuring an English Tudor style house on 511 acres. Enjoy walking trails, horseback riding, cross country skiing and other types of outdoor recreation from 8:00 a.m. to dusk. Tours are held during the summer months. For information call 860-567-5694 or 860-485-0226. This estate is a favorite for summer wedding pictures.
Lourdes in Litchfield Shrine and Grotto, Route 118, Litchfield, 860-567-1041. A replica of the Lourdes Grotto in France, the 35-acre shrine was built by the Montfort Missionaries and dedicated as a place of pilgrimage. Open daily to the public. Gift shop. Spectacular hillside with Stations of the Cross path.
Haight-Brown Vineyard, 29 Chestnut Hill Road, Litchfield, 860-567-4045. Modern winery and visitors center. Connecticut’s first established winery is open seven days a week. Guided winery tours, tastings, and gift shop. Call for information on special events.
Mt. Tom State Park, 3 ½ miles west of Bantam off Route 202. The stone tower at the summit of Mt. Tom, 1325 sq. ft., is a favorite destination among hikers. The trail is about 1 mile long. Picnicking, swimming, hiking, and fishing are allowed at the park.