Harwinton Historical Society 10/22/2017


Crime & Punishment in Litchfield County

Sunday, Oct. 22nd @ 2 pm

Presented by the Harwinton Historical Society

Thieves, rumrunners and rapscallions all color the unsavory side of Litchfield County history.  Townspeople accused women of witchcraft simply for not bearing enough children in the early days of the region.  During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Owev Sullivan and William Stuart took advantage of the county's isolated stretches and a currency shortage to build counterfeiting empires.  In 1780. Barnett Davenport's brutal actions earned him infamy as the nation's first mass murderer.  Small-time speakeasies slowly took hold, and the omnipresence of alcohol-fueled crime led to the birth of the nationwide prohibition movement.

Local historian Peter C. Vermilyea explores these and other devilish tales from the seedier history of Litchfield County.

Program is open to all and is free of charge.  Please enter from the parking lot. 

Peter C. Vermilyea teaches history at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, Conn., and at Western Conn. State University.  Vermilyea is the author or editor of four books, and more than a dozen articles, mostly on Civil War history, and maintains the Hidden In Plain Sight blog.  He lives in Litchfield, Conn. with his wife and two sons.

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