The Diary of Israel Litchfield 1774-1775

Presented by Bob Jackman

Thursday, July 14  7PM

“January the 11, We went to the Training field by the rev. m”” Barns’s meeting house the Lower, Middle and upper Companeys of the millitia of this town met there under arms in order to Enlist…”


Deacon Israel Litchfield (1754- 1840) was “an enlightened and much respected citizen” of Scituate, representing the town in the General Court in 1778. However his greatest contribution is perhaps the diary he kept between November 1774 through June 1775.   This glimpse into the everyday life in costal Massachusetts and his life in the Militia on the cusp of the Revolutionary War is a treasure for local history enthusiasts.

Local historian Bob Jackman will present details on Israel’s life and the mood and experiences of South Shore residents during these eventful years.

Admission: $5 Donation

The Ancestral Home of the Founding Family of Marshfield