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Litchfield County Railroads

May 3, 2023 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM



Seating for this event is at capacity. However, we will be live-streaming this event on Zoom.

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Connecticut, long known as the Land of Steady Habits, came late to the railroad craze that swept the country in the 19th century. This was especially true of Litchfield County. In fact, neighboring states had to prompt Connecticut into its first railroad ventures. When completed, however, these lines provided both a much more efficient means for the industrial and agricultural products of Litchfield County to reach national markets and a new way of travel for county residents. Vestiges of these railroads, like the Shepaug Railroad in Roxbury, serve as reminders of a bygone era of Litchfield County history.

Peter Vermilyea teaches history at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT. He is the author of “Hidden History of Litchfield County” and “Wicked Litchfield County”, both published by History Press.

The talk will start promptly at 5.30 pm in the beautifully restored train station at Mine Hill Distillery and is open to all ages. Following the talk we will adjourn to the distillery for a tour and sampling of Mine Hill’s award-winning beverages (21+).


May 3, 2023
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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Mine Hill Distillery
5 Mine Hill Rd.
Roxbury, CT 06783 United States
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