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Address: 82 South St, Litchfield, CT 06759-4022
Phone Number: +1 860-567-4501
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Tapping Reeve House and Law School takes visitors on a journey through...

The Tapping Reeve House and Law School takes visitors on a journey through the life of a real student from the early 19th century. Through role-playing, hands-on areas, and interpretive exhibits, each visitor explores timeless issues of travel, communication, education, and community.

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Interesting for early Federal period social and political history

Free admission. I spent 2.5 hours here. The Schoolhouse building is almost all reproduction and not much of interest there. Probably good site for reenactcments. The Tapping Reeve... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Free admission. I spent 2.5 hours here. The Schoolhouse building is almost all reproduction and not much of interest there. Probably good site for reenactcments. The Tapping Reeve House had 3 main interpretive areas plus an excellent 15 minute video. The interpretive areas are a nice mix of primary source writings and artifacts, with contemporary themes to intrerpret them. There... More 

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LHS1897, Public Relations Manager at Tapping Reeve House and Law School, responded to this review

Glad you had a nice visit! More 

Woodmere, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Especially with the current Hamilton phenomenon, this is a place most people would enjoy. Tapping Reeve , Aaron Burr's brother in law, is yet another aspect of our country's beginnings.

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LHS1897, Public Relations Manager at Tapping Reeve House and Law School, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! Aaron Burr did not spend much time in Litchfield, but the connection because of Sally Burr is still very strong. More 

Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Firstly, I am not a lawyer and have no specific interest in law. This place was like finding a jewel. If you enjoy history, it is a must. The Law School came to be because there were no law schools; prior to this, hopefuls took about 7 years doing the grunt-work apprenticing attorney. (Harvard and Yale later opened schools.) The... More 

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LHS1897, Public Relations Manager at Tapping Reeve House and Law School, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! We are so pleased to hear you had a nice time. Please come again! More 

NW Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

A rare visit from two of my sisters, one of them a retired lawyer and the other a former lawyer, prompted me to invite them to see the Tapping Reeve House and Law School. They were surprised to learn that how historically significant this site was! My husband and I toured the TR House when we first moved to Litchfield... More 

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LHS1897, Public Relations Manager at Tapping Reeve House and Law School, responded to this review

Hi Annie, Thank you so much for the review! We are delighted to hear that you and your sisters enjoyed the visit. We love hearing about people connecting with the stories and experiences of the students. Kate enjoyed your group very much! Please, do come back and visit us soon! More 

Washington, Ct
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Actually I have started my own education in a one room school where several youngsters, grades one to seven, were getting education together. That was during WWII and the country was Romania and students were refugees. To see one room law school that trained outstanding lawyers and legislators in postcolonial US it is something else. The Museum and the actual... More 

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LHS1897, Public Relations Manager at Tapping Reeve House and Law School, responded to this review

Wow! What an interesting personal history. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and made connections. You might enjoy our online database The Ledger, which talks more about individual students and gives insight into their lives. We hope you can visit us again! More 

Litchfield, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

One of the rare, unexpected finds in Litchfield, this quaint museum revisits the days when law meant something and old timers actually read briefs about the constitutionality of some cases. A lovely place to visit when you are passing through!

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LHS1897, Public Relations Manager at Tapping Reeve House and Law School, responded to this review

We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for the nice review. More 

Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016

Litchfield is quite the charming place to visit for several hours or days...perfectly situated to visit many other small interesting towns as well. Park your car and stroll down South Street [Rt. 63] and you will come upon the Tapping Reeve House and Law School. As the first law school in the colonies, much of history was forged here. The... More 

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LHS1897, Manager at Tapping Reeve House and Law School, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit. More 

Litchfield
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

The Tapping Reeve House itself lays out the history of the school, some of its prominent graduates, and of early life in Litchfield. The school itself, a tiny one room structure, is very interesting

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

I wish I could have spent more time looking around the museum. I was surprised by how much I learned from visiting this place. The 15 minute movie was a bit of a waste of time but the rest of the exhibit was top-notch. A good way to get an idea of Litchfield's history. Personally, I think this was the... More 

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LHS1897, Guest Relations Manager at Tapping Reeve House and Law School, responded to this review

Thank you for your response! We are sorry you didn't enjoy the film, but happy your enjoyed the rest of the museum! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2015

The Tapping Reeve House has a few rooms with some informative exhibits and a movie room where visitors can get an overview of the place's history. The law school itself was the best part - especially trying to imagine how 55 people could fit in there at once. I'm not much of a law history enthusiast, but it was still... More 

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