Liberty Green Historic District

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Liberty Green Historic District (LGHD) is a local historic district in the town of Clinton, Connecticut, and Liberty Green is a triangular town green within it. The District was created in 1979 following a lengthy study, report and enabling odrinance [1][2]

Description[edit]

LGHD Sign on Lower Green

The Liberty Green Historic District consists of six 18th-century houses and stone walls surrounding a triangular common.[3] The six contiguous properties included within the district are defined on the National Register of Historic Places and consist of four Colonial structures, one Federal/Greek Revival, and one undefined style structure.[4] The corner property of Liberty Street and East Main Street is an established bed and breakfast.[5]

The district is located within the larger, National Register of Historic Places-listed Clinton Village Historic District.[3]

History[edit]

A vestige of 17th-century common land, Liberty Green is a park-like triangle between Liberty Street and East Main Street, encompassing the village green.[4] The common town land was part of a larger open space for militia war drills, and was also the site of one of Clinton's earliest schoolhouses.[4] The Liberty Green Historic District was chosen as the site for the town's Civil War monument (a granite soldier atop a tall pedestal), and a small cannon from the War of 1812.[6]

Beginning in 1846, a group of citizens banded together to plant shade trees and Liberty Green came to assume its present park-like appearance and function. In addition to providing a peaceful public open space, it served a symbolic function, recalling the town's patriotic past and providing the site for memorials to the town's soldiers.[4]

Legacy I Time Capsule Marker Stone

On 5 December 1976, a school group buried a time capsule called the Legacy I on Liberty Green. The schoolchildren indicated that the capsule should be opened on 4 July 2976.[7]

In 2009, the Clinton Town Tree Warden ordered a public tree removal[8] in order to clear half-dozen overgrown trees and prune many large and dangerous branches from the Liberty Green trees. The tree removal provides additional open space and sunlight.[citation needed]

In 2010, the Liberty Green retail complex, located across the street from the historic district, was set to be completed with the construction of a two-story building affording 5,500 square feet (510 m2) of retail space and three second-story apartments. This building joins a hardware store, Japanese restaurant, and community health center in the same complex.[9]

Today Liberty Green continues to serve as an important public gathering space for Clinton's townspeople. It is a location for small church festivals and other events, as well as the ceremonial destination of the annual Memorial Day Parade.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Report: Historic District Study Committee" (PDF). Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ordinance: Liberty Green Historic District". Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Liberty Green Historic District". Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. 
  4. ^ a b c d Bruce Clouette and Maura Cronin (March 25, 1994). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Clinton Village Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service.  and Accompanying photos from 1994 (photo #16 shows Liberty Green, photo #9 shows houses on the green)
  5. ^ "3 Liberty Green Bed and Breakfast". 3liberty.com. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Clinton Village Historic District". livingplaces.com. 2010. 
  7. ^ Inscription plaque on marker stone.
  8. ^ "Public Notice of Tree Removal (photo)". Kelseytown Gazette. 
  9. ^ Fisher, Stan (2 July 2010). "Clinton's Liberty Square finally taking shape?". New Haven Register. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 

Coordinates: 41°16′38″N 72°31′02″W / 41.2771°N 72.5173°W / 41.2771; -72.5173