LITCHFIELD, CT (WFSB) -- Channel 3’s 20 Towns in 20 Days is kicking off on Thursday, with Meteorologist Scot Haney taking a trip to Litchfield.
Scot will be featuring the historic Arethusa Farm, and will be giving a $1,000 check to a special charity during the evening newscasts starting at 5pm.
He’ll be live outside the Litchfield Historical Society near the town green.
Litchfield is celebrating its 300th year. The town was founded in 1719.
“It was a small town on top of the hill and it was laid out the way it looks now, so it was a very deliberately laid out,” said Litchfield Historical Society Director Catherine Fields.
She added that Litchfield “was on the crossroads of major trade routes. The courthouse was here and there were two very important schools here at that time, the Litchfield law school, which was the first law school in the country, and the Litchfield female academy which was an important school for girls.”
The law school still stands today, but the female academy is no longer there.
A new exhibit just opened at the Historical Society called Sold, Made and Grown in Litchfield.
"So we focused a lot on this exhibit on the 19th 20th and 21st centuries to try to really get things that people would relate to and remember things that would really spark their memories," said Alex DuBois, curator of collections.
Another stop along the way on the tour of Litchfield was the Arethusa Farm.
The name originates from the original Webster family that owned the farm. They named it Arethusa Farm, which is after a wild orchid that grew on the property.
The Webster family owned the farm from 1869-1999.
In 1999, George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis bought the property.
"They're involved in a high end shoe company in NYC Manolo Blahnik as well as SJP shoes with Sarah Jessica Parker," said Matt Senecal, farm manager.
“It all started because they moved to Litchfield here, and wanted to preserve the farm land across the street from their house in Litchfield and they did some research on the history of the property and decided to bring dairy farms back to the farm,” he added.
Channel 3 is also giving a $1,000 check to the Litchfield Community Center.
It's a non-profit that serves Litchfield and surrounding communities, and has been since 2000.
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We’ll be featuring a new town every day throughout the month of May.
Tune in to Ch. 3 starting at 5pm!