Monthly Archives: June 2019

Historic Downtown Litchfield

Our newest walking tour is available on both Vimeo and YouTube.

There is something special about this historic district that sets it apart from found in other Midwest towns. More than half of the historic district’s buildings were built before circa 1900, many using a distinctive locally-produced cream-colored brick. Within the district is Central Park, a peaceful, green space flanked by two nationally-significant treasures.

— On the east side, you’ll find the Grand Army of the Republic Hall, where Civil War veterans gathered to remember that terrible conflict but also to lobby for veterans benefits. It’s one of America’s best-preserved GAR Halls.

— North of the park is Trinity Episcopal Church, called “one of Minnesota’s most important nineteenth-century buildings” by architectural historian David Gebhard.

This tour will take you through the National Register Commercial Historic District, introducing you to some of the city’s finest architecture as well as a few of its most colorful characters. 

Take look at all twenty-eight Litchfield videos:

And check our blog on this site to see “augmented history.” You’ll need to download the free app Zappar to your smartphone.

Grand Army of the Republic:

Norma Berke:

Music Olson: