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Litchfield County, Connecticut

Gene Davis, Queen’s Gate, 1980, acrylic on canvas, 95” x 124”, at Morrison Gallery.

A Sojourn Beyond the Guidebooks
By Kristin Nord
Natural beauty. Art and athletic activities of all kinds. For some, it’s a 26-town playland; for others, it’s a state of mind.

Weekend visitors have flocked to Litchfield County for more than a century now, drawn to farms and secluded country homes sprinkled about the wooded hills. With its easy access to Manhattan, the region has long been a magnet for artists and writers. In recent years, a great deal of money from Wall Street and the fashion and entertainment industries has been added to the mix.

Someone in the know can easily spot a number of hideaways through security gates. They belong to the movers and shakers. But for the rest of us, the county is a place that has benefitted greatly from the largesse of a number of wealthy benefactors, whether it’s the constellation of conservation areas and glorious hiking trails, the art galleries or the performing arts offerings.

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