Greetings from the Litchfield Historical Society of Ohio!
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 us anytime at 216.233.3157. 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.
Litchfield Memorial Day Service: Sunday, May 26 | 1:30 pm | Ceremony at Circle Park, then parade to the Litchfield Cemetery
Litchfield Historical Society General Meeting: Monday, June 10 | 7-8:30pm | Litchfield Museum
Ice Cream Social: Friday, June 28 | 6:30 pm | Litchfield Gazebo on the Circle
In addition, the museum will be open during the following events:
Litchfield Ice Cream Socials – The museum will be open on all nights of the summer Ice Cream Socials. They will run Fridays, May 31-July 26 (except the week of July 4), 6:30 to 8:30pm. Visit the Litchfield Town Band page for more info on dates.
Medina County Fall Foliage Tour – Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13, 12-5 pm. This county autumn tradition is a drive-it-yourself tour. Host stops can be farms, agricultural businesses or historical locations as well as educational venues, and the Litchfield Historical Museum will be one of them this year! The tour is free, but some locations may sell items or charge for entertainment such as hayrides. You can learn more at the Medina County Parks website, and more information will be available in late August.
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: 216.233.3157
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