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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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Residents can use the new boat launch located at Town Beach. Bantam Lake is also host to the annual Bantam Lake Ski Club Show in August.
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.
A community library in Northfield.
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.
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The Litchfield Community Center is a non-profit organization serving Litchfield and the surrounding communities of Connecticut since 2000, offering daily creative, intellectual and recreational programs for all ages. Residents and non-residents are welcome to join us.