Hidden in Plain Sight tells the story of one town – Litchfield, Connecticut – through an exploration of its cultural landscape:  monuments, markers, signs, old roadbeds, and other footprints of the past.  Suggestions or ideas for future posts are always welcome!

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  1. Pete,

    The town of Warren has some hidden gems of history you might like to check out when you do your presentation there. I’m happy to have found your blog and enjoy your discoveries.

    Don’t forget to visit the Red School House, Charlie Finney’s memorial, also there is(was) a tunnel that went between the Rooster Tail B&B underground to the house across the street, which I always heard was used for the Underground Railroad, also in the old Warren Center cemetery is a gravestone in memory of a child slave know as “Ned” put there by his owner. I’d love to know more about these history’s as Warren has been a drive-through town, yet it’s history helped shape America, like so much of Litchfield County. Oh don’t forget to look into bullets made from the John Bull statue that once stood in NYCity. It’s a favorite Litchfield story of mine.

  2. Love your book, especially the section about Litchfield caring (or attempting to) for the poor/paupers of the town. There was a CT Supreme Court case involving my 3rd Great Grandfather of Norfolk Louis Parret/Parrott, called Town of New Hartford v. Canaan from 1886 or so which was about who was to care for a pauper family (Louis’s son LaFayette). LaFayette had some issues with himself and his family tragedy.Very interesting story and Google books has several links to the errors court case. https://books.google.com/books?id=3C8sAQAAMAAJ&dq=la%20fayette%20parrott%2C%201836%2C%20massachusetts&pg=PA159#v=onepage&q=la%20fayette%20parrott,%201836,%20massachusetts&f=false

    I have another mystery that does involve the Litchfield poor house or farm. On the 1860 census a orphan is listed at 3 years old. They have his full name listed, Henry Ebenezer Clark. Someone has to have known the family of this child if they have his name right? YDNA proves that he is indeed a Clark son. He matches my dad’s direct ancestral line of Clark’s which have been traced to John Clark of New Haven, CT b. 1637 and d. 1719 in West Haven. According to your book, the town should have asked family to support the boy, so I believe there should be some record of who it could be? I am in California, but would love to find out where these records could be? County courthouse? Historical Society? Thanks for your help.

  3. Hi,

    I was wondering if you ever came across any information regarding Elisha Taylor? His wife’s name was Lydia (Cook) and he was the son of Joel Taylor and Eleanor (Goodell). The only other thing I really know about him, is that he fought in the Revolutionary War. I am his descendant via his son Elisha, who moved to Hiram, Ohio in 1818.

      • Thanks! I would appreciate that greatly! I know my ancestors brother and sister stayed in CT (the brother was Phineas Taylor and the sister was Polly…I believe she married into the Judson family). I believe there were a couple other siblings, but he didn’t seem to stay in contact with them…or at least none of the letters have survived.

  4. d the Milestone article recently regarding Judge Jedediah Strong’s marker milestone. Unfortunately for all his stature and knowledge, his death was sad. I signed up to your site and will look forward to receiving more interesting material about your town.

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