| Morris, one of the smallest towns in Litchfield County, still stands today as the idyllic farming community it was when it was settled as South Farms in 1767. The rural landscape is punctuated by the traditional homes and farms that occupied its vistas in past centuries. Its unassuming town center boasts a simple four-way stop with the local library, elementary school, post office and Popey’ ice cream & hamburger stand each occupying their respective corners. Also inthe town center is one of the county’s premier horse facilities: Far Meadow Farm www.farmeadowfarm.com, which includes the historic Samuel Barnard Homestead and the Homestead Barn. ( Photo: The Samuel Barnard Homestead and The Homestead Barn, part of Far Meadow Farm in Morris.)
Drive out of town in any direction and experience the rolling countryside and outdoor recreation that draws visitors and residents alike. South of Morris, toward the town of Bethlehem, is the Bethlehem Fairgrounds, which hosts the annual Bethlehem Fair each
Septemberwww.bethlehemfair.com. This classic country fair draws crowds from near and far and is a must do family event. Across from the fairgrounds is another one of Litchfield County’s better horse farms: Fox Crossing Equestrian Center, which provides boarding facilities, lessons for all ages and children’s camps www.foxcrossingequestrian.com. (Photo: A show horse and rider at one of Morris’s local horse farms.)
Looking west from Morris town center across a stunning hill top view, you will catch a
glimpse of Connecticut’s largest natural lake: Bantam Lake. The Town of Morris shares the lake’s shorelines with Litchfield and Bantam and operates a small town beach and boat launch. Nearby is the Bantam Lake Yacht Club www.bantamlakeyc.com.
This low-key facility offers sailing lessons, mixed fleet Sunday afternoon races and organized sunfish and windmill regattas. On your way to the Morris side of Bantam Lake, you will pass the Towne Family Farmstand – oft considered to provide the best local corn in northwest Connecticut!
Drive north out of Morris on the Alain White Road toward Litchfield and you enter one of the area’s greatest natural sanctuaries: the White Memorial Foundation www.whitememorialcc.org. Morris shares its northern borders with this 4,000 acre preserve of fields, waterways and woodlands that can be explored by bike, foot, canoe, horse and in the winter, cross country skis.
One of the greatest draws to Morris since its establishment in 1950 is the White Flower Farm www.whiteflowerfarm.com. This world re-known nursery offers the finest in annuals and perennials favorites through its three seasonal catalogues and retail Store. The company also maintains five acres of stunning display gardens, open to the public, which provide endless inspiration to those with a green thumb.
Residents and visitors have come to Morris for its rural simplicity, its privacy and its proximity to outdoor recreation. And for these reasons, you will also find one of Connecticut’s most extraordinary and stunning hotels in Morris: Winvian www.winvian.com (pictured to the left). This five star boutique hotel is associated with Relais & Chateaux and is famous for its 18 individually themed guest cottages, spa and restaurant.
Visit www.townofmorrisct.org for more information about the quiet way of life Morris has to offer.