Greetings from the Litchfield Historical Society of Ohio!
March 2021 Update:
Here it is spring already! What does the Litchfield Historical Society have in store for its members and community this year? After a winter sabbatical and very little time coming together last year, this year can be much more active, depending on our volunteers.
So how does your year look? Do you have interest and time to attend one of our general meetings or two? Maybe to simply join the LHS and contribute $5 to show your support and stay informed by email for now? Or, can you take on a couple of hours volunteering at the museum during a time that works for you?
I’m sure we can match you to something that interests you, even if you have minimal availability. Let’s talk! You can contact Melissa Clifford any time by phone at 330.441.8507 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to print out a pdf of our upcoming dates and our Membership Form, and please share with a friend!
LHS Orientations & Open House: Litchfield Museum
Monday, March 29 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, March 31 | 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Come either day for an informal and informational time dedicated to helping you get to know what LHS is about, what we do and what we’d love to do if we had more help. Children and youth are welcome, and there will be a craft and activity table for all ages. Come anytime during hours, and stay as long as you like.
Litchfield Historical Society General Meeting: Monday, April 19 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm | Litchfield Museum
The year’s first meeting of the new year! As we are going through 2021, the Historical Society looks forward to resuming our mission of opening our museum doors and engaging our Litchfield community with our past, present and future of this town. Look for the museum to open its doors again at future ice cream socials and during our new regular weekly open hours beginning, hopefully, this spring. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Inspired by the township’s 150th anniversary in 1981, a group of dedicated residents decided to record the history and tell the story of Litchfield Township. This resulted in the beautiful and informative hardbound book, The Story of Litchfield, Ohio.
The society was organized by this same hardworking group and was incorporated in 1984. A 501(c) nonprofit organization, we strive to disseminate knowledge and stimulate interest in the history and heritage of Litchfield and the surrounding area. We operate the Litchfield Historical Museum and maintain a collection of archives and photos. It was the Society that brought us the current gazebo at the Litchfield Circle Park, built to resemble the original wood gazebo from the 1900s.
The Society has served as steward for Litchfield’s heritage in many ways over the years. We also provide community and educational events and programs relevant to the township. Some of our recent events include hosting the Township Candidates Night, the annual Christmas program and Memorial Day service, participating in the Medina County Fall Foliage Tour and more.
Visit the Litchfield Township website home page to check for our upcoming events and programs.
Museum & Collections
One of the oldest landmarks of Litchfield was the general store and home located on the southeast corner of Routes 18 and 83 on the Litchfield Circle. Built in 1846, the Greek Revival style of the house was common to the many small farmhouses that sprouted up around Medina County throughout the 19th century.
The old store building was torn down about 1978, and in 1999, the township purchased the home. They contracted with the Historical Society to restore the house to its original style, and it has been home to the museum ever since. It is furnished with artifacts and memorabilia depicting the history of the township and its people.
Join or Donate to the Society
Anyone interested in the past, present, and future of Litchfield is welcome to join as a member or to attend our meetings as a guest. We welcome people of all ages, walks of life and varied interests. All general meetings and programs are free and open to the public. Annual membership dues are only $5 a year.
Meetings are the second Monday of each month, typically March through November at 7 pm, either at the museum or Town Hall. Please check the Litchfield Township Upcoming Events for meeting info, or call Melissa Clifford anytime at 330.441.8507. We are always looking for new ideas and fresh perspectives.
As an independent nonprofit organization, we rely on dues, donations and fundraising. The Society also collects Litchfield-related memorabilia, archives and photos.
Contact Us or Visit
The museum is located on the southeast corner of the Litchfield Circle in Litchfield, Ohio. For 2019, the museum will be open for limited hours due to building and museum improvements. Still, access to the museum and its collections are always available upon request.
Address: Litchfield Historical Society & Museum
9268 Norwalk Road
Litchfield, OH 44253
Tours available on request.
Phone: Melissa Clifford, LHS President: 330.441.8507
Historical Society Memorabilia & Attire for Purchase
The Story of Litchfield, Ohio hardbound book: $10. This beautiful and informative book covers the history of Litchfield Township from 1831 through 1994. It also includes a separate map of our township as of 1994. A must-have for anyone interested in our township and our past.
- T-shirts: $10, adult sizes S, M, L, XL, gray or blue
- Contact Celia Kruggel at 330.667.2534 to purchase these items.
photos by John Kruggel