Litchfield First Congregational Church, Litchfield

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The First Congregational Church of Litchfield is a congregation of the United Church of Christ in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA, occupying a historic building on the Litchfield green.
The church was founded in 1721, when the town was first settled. The original wooden meetinghouse was completed in 1723 and replaced on the same site in 1761. The early meetinghouse served not only for public worship but also as a venue for town meetings and other community gatherings. Also, gunpowder and shot were stockpiled there for the defense of the community, and the meetinghouse was the recruiting site for a Continental Army that was formed in Litchfield early in the Revolutionary War. The adjacent church parsonage was built in 1787.
Lyman BeecherThe prominent American preacher Lyman Beecher served the First Congregational Church as its minister from 1810 to 1826. Beecher's fame as a preacher attracted people to the church. Six sermons on intemperance that he delivered in the church in 1814 were widely republished and are considered to have been influential in advancing the cause of temperance. While in Litchfield he also gained widespread attention for his preaching against Unitarianism, which he regarded as heresy. Beecher's eloquence in his opposition to Unitarianism led to his being invited to leave Litchfield in 1826 to serve a church in Boston, where his fame as a preacher grew.
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  • We came here for a visit to the Litchfield Green. The white church has classic architecture and makes for a great photo opportunity.  more »
  • Visitors are always welcome at this historic church. Sunday services begin at 10:30 am -- not 11 am, like many other churches. Fellowship coffee hour afterwards. Sunday school for the children and....  more »
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  • I'm not a religious person myself, but I do feel a strong connection to this church. My grandfather had a large part in the construction of the building. He was responsible for a great deal of the carpentry work including the pillars out front. The church has been painted by Eric Sloan, a very famous painter. Copies of the painting can be found online and some local places have them for sale. It is a beautiful building and the church staff are very nice people. Worth a visit if you are religious or not. It is in a beautiful location in the center of Warren near the green. The library and fire house are near by as well as our elementary school (which my grandfather who used to be town selectman helped build)
  • Although I have never been here, I believe that any house that Christians can worship is worth visiting.
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