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Riverton in Litchfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Riverton

Farmington River: Wild & Scenic

 
 
Riverton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, March 22, 2016
1. Riverton Marker
Inscription.
In this Area in the Past.....

Since the 1820’s Riverton has been a vibrant part of the town of Barkhamsted. Riverton is located at the confluence of the Farmington and Still Rivers, which at one time provided the opportunity for water power sites for early mills and factories. One of Barkhamsted’s most historic spots is the former Hitchcock Chair factory, where Lambert Hitchcock produced his famous chairs starting in the mid-1820s. Many other mills were located here, including sawmills, a grist mill, a scythe shop, a calico factory and a paper mill. Several inns catered to both local residents and passengers on stage coach lines that passed through the village. Since 1909, Riverton Fair has drawn thousands to its midway and exhibits that reflect the agricultural background of the area.

The Eagle Scythe shop was located on what is now the lower part of the Riverton Fairgrounds, opposite the Grange Hall. The scythe shop operated from 1849 to the mid-1880’s. In addition to scythes, other edged tools were produced, including corn knives, hay knives and grass hooks. The business office was housed in the white building.

One mile south of Riverton, on East River Road, there is a bronze marker. According to local legend, James Chaugham, a Narragansett Indian, married Molly
The marker is in the Riverton Historic District image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, March 22, 2016
2. The marker is in the Riverton Historic District
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007
Barber, an English settler’s daughter. Together they raised a large family on the side of the mountain. The light coming from their cabins guided stage coach drivers down the old Farmington Turnpike, and this became known as The Barkhamsted Lighthouse. The Jesse Gerard Trail, one of many trails in Peoples State Forest, begins near the bronze marker and continues up the mountain; an excellent hike with panoramic views of the river valley.
 
Erected by Farmington River Coordinating Committee.
 
Location. 41° 57.755′ N, 73° 1.078′ W. Marker is in Riverton, Connecticut, in Litchfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Riverton Road (Connecticut Route 20) and School Street, on the right when traveling east on Riverton Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 99 Riverton Road, Riverton CT 06065, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Riverton (a few steps from this marker); Lambert Hitchcock (within shouting distance of this marker); In Honor of Lambert Hitchcock (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henry Robinson Buck (approx. 1½ miles away);
Hitchcock Chair factory (NRHP) image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, March 22, 2016
3. Hitchcock Chair factory (NRHP)
Built circa 1820 and located directly north of the marker.
Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village (approx. 1½ miles away); Peoples State Forest (approx. 1½ miles away); Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Cemetery (approx. 1½ miles away); Camp White (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Riverton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Riverton Historic District. (Submitted on March 21, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
2. Farmington Wild and Scenic River. (Submitted on March 21, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
3. Old Riverton Inn. (Submitted on March 21, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
4. Hitchcock chairs. (Submitted on March 21, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
 
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Old Riverton Inn (NRHP) image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, March 22, 2016
4. Old Riverton Inn (NRHP)
Built in 1811 and located directly east of the marker.
Boating on the Farmington River image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, February 2, 2008
5. Boating on the Farmington River
The Riverton section begins just east of the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 21, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 127 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 21, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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