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Litchfield Open House & Garden Tour to be Held on July 12th & 13th
Posted 04/22/2019 09:27AM

July 12th & 13th, 2019
To Benefit the Connecticut Junior Republic 

The Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) will hold a historic Open House & Garden Tour on July 12th and 13th 2019, in celebration of the Town of Litchfield’s tercentennial. Consisting of two distinct rain or shine events, The Aid’s 2019 benefit will feature an informative and dynamic one-mile walking tour within the Borough of Litchfield, a National Historic Landmark District. Litchfield’s rich architectural history will be represented by ten houses and gardens dating from the 17th to 20th centuries.

According to Marla Patterson, Chairperson of the Litchfield Open House & Garden Tour, funds raised to-date for The Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic’s 67th House Tour fundraising event have already exceeded expectations. On behalf of The Aid, Ms. Patterson expressed her gratitude to the homeowners who have graciously offered their homes and gardens for the tour, and to Deborah and Declan Murphy for taking on the leadership role as Chairpersons of the Honorary Committee.

“None of this would be possible without the willingness and generosity of our homeowners to open up their homes and gardens to the public, and the commitment and dedication of our Honorary Committee Chairs, Deborah and Declan Murphy,” stated Ms. Patterson. “Deborah and Declan have engaged Litchfield residents and businesses that share their passion for the young people of our Connecticut community, and the programs and services that CJR provides. They have established an Honorary Committee that is committed to making this a successful fundraising event and celebration of our historic town,” she continued.

Declan Murphy is President of Novens, a Connecticut-based corporation, which is a major international distributor of plasma and plasma protein products, and a consultant to major biopharmaceutical corporations and the public health sector in healthcare development worldwide. He is the immediate past president of the CJR Board of Directors and continues to serve on the board. Deborah and Declan were the Honorary Chairpersons of the Litchfield Aid’s hugely successful High Style in the Hills fundraising event in 2014.   The Murphy’s have resided in Litchfield for nearly twenty years, and continue to be significant contributors to the Litchfield community.

On Friday, July 12, from 4:30 to 7:30 PM, a Preview Tour will be held, followed by a cocktail party from 7:00 to 9:30 PM at the spectacular Ozias Seymour Homestead, which has been a grand presence on South Street since 1807. Sumptuous food and spirits will be complemented with performances by jazz group JINX and the Nutmeg Ballet Dancers throughout the evening.

The 2019 Litchfield Open House & Garden Tour will be held on Saturday, July 13, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and will feature nine stately homes, selected gardens and additional historic sites highlighting Litchfield’s 300 years of history and architecture. All of the homes, gardens and locations of interest are within walking distance of the center of town and Litchfield’s famous historic district.

Both events begin at the House Tour Tent on the Green in Litchfield. A program will be provided at the time of check-in. Tickets for the Preview Tour & Party on July 12th are available by invitation.

Advance admission to the Open House Tour on July 13 is $60 per person and may be purchased online through The Aid’s website: through Wednesday, July 10th, or by writing: 2019 House Tour, c/o Connecticut Junior Republic Development Office, P.O. Box 161, Litchfield, CT 06759.   Please make checks payable to: The Litchfield Aid of CJR. Mail-in orders for advance admission must be postmarked no later than Monday, July 1st, and are nonrefundable. The Saturday event requires a wristband that must be picked up with a program at the House Tour Tent on the Litchfield Town Green.

Admission on the day of the Tour is $65 per person, and may be purchased at the House Tour Tent on the Green.
Connecticut Cottages and Gardens (CTC&G) is the event’s Media Sponsor, and the following businesses have committed to sponsorships: Bantam Wesson, Carmody Torrance Sandak Hennessey, Litchfield Distillery, O&G Industries, Torrington Savings, Bank, Union Savings Bank, Webster Bank, West Group Law PLLC, and Winvian Farm.

For promotional and editorial opportunities, or media/photography requests contact Hedy Barton,
CJR Director of Development at (860) 567-9423, ext. 252; or by email:

The Litchfield Open House & Garden Tour is presented by The Litchfield Aid, of CJR a volunteer group of
approximately 100 members dedicated to improving the programs, services, and facilities of the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR). All net proceeds from the event will be donated to CJR. To read more about The Litchfield Aid, please visit their website:

Founded in 1904, the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) provides residential and community-based care, treatment, education and family support for vulnerable at-risk, special needs and troubled young people so they may become productive and fulfilled members of their homes, schools and communities. Today, the organization’s combined programs serve approximately 1,500 boys and girls annually in 11 locations throughout Connecticut.

A private charitable organization, the Connecticut Junior Republic is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  CJR is supported by gifts from individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations, and through service contracts funded by the Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division (JBCSSD), the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Connecticut Department
of Social Services (DSS) and Connecticut’s public schools.

  • Connecticut Junior Republic
  • 550 Goshen Road, P.O. Box 161
  • Litchfield, CT 06759
  • (860) 567-9423

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