The Riverton Merchant's

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Riverton General Store

Shopping & Dining

“Where the past and the present meet”  Offering Green Mountain Coffee, Breakfast sandwiches – Bagels – Pastries –  Serving Boar’s Head Cold Cuts made to order sandwiches & meat platters. Homemade Soups, Salads & Chili


 
2 Main Street, Barkhamsted, CT 06063


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Uncle Aaron's Tackle Shack

Bait & Tackle Shop

We sell Crawlers, Worms, Meal worms, Spikes, Super worms, Wax worms, Flies, Fishing line, Lures, Rods and Reels, and more.


 
4 Robertsville Road, Riverton, CT 06065


Rose's Kitchen

Rose's Kitchen

Take Home Dinners & Meals

World famous take home lasagna!


 
1 Riverton Road, Riverton, CT 06065


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Hand and Heart Bed and Breakfast

Accommodation

Hand and Heart Bed and Breakfast is a casual, comfortable and informal getaway B and B in the 1834 Apollos Moore House in the quaint historic Village of Riverton, Connecticut. Relax and unwind in one of our three guest rooms, each with private bath, hardwood floors, central air and Wi-Fi.

 
 
5 Main Street, Riverton, CT 06065


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John P. McGuirk Architect

Achitectural Design Services

John P. McGuirk, Architect is a sole practitioner providing you with individual, personal service through every phase of the design and construction of your residential, commercial or space planning project.

 
5 Main Street, Riverton, CT 06065


Hitchcock Chair Company

Hitchcock Chair Company

Furniture & Antiques

In 1818, Lambert Hitchcock founded an innovative chair company in the northwestern hills of Connecticut, where he produced his beautiful hand stenciled furniture. Today Hitchcock is run and owned by Gary and Maryanne Hath, Nancy and Rick Swenson producing those same chairs and craftsmanship.

 
13 Riverton Rd, Riverton, CT 06065


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Elyse Harney Real Estate

Real Estate Services

Serving Litchfield County and beyond for over 30 years, this family-owned business exemplifies their motto “A Tradition of Trust”. Specializing in fine homes, farms, and land, we are proud of the experience, local knowledge, and attention to detail that we bring to every client we represent. With the Riverton Office, located in the Old Riverton Inn, we are able to extend our service into all of the communities in eastern Litchfield County, Hartland, and the Farmington Valley. Have a real estate need or question? Please consider Elyse Harney Real Estate. Contact Dave Taylor, dtaylor@harneyre.com or Mark Telford, mtelford@harneyre.com

 
436 E River Road, Riverton, CT 06065


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Old Riverton Inn

Dining & Accommodation

Comfortable overnight accommodations with private bath, wifi, cable television a continental breakfast buffet in a historic atmosphere. Originally a stagecoach stop on the Hartford to Albany route.

 
436 E River Road, Riverton, CT 06065


What Riverton CT Has to Offer

Restaurants & Dining

Pick up breakfast or lunch at the Riverton General Store. While you are in town stop by Rose’s Kitchen for a take-home ready dinner! Or stop into the Riverton Inn for a delicious dinner and drinks.

Fishing & Outdoor Activities

Uncle Aaron’s is your one-stop shop for all your fishing and tackle needs in the Riverton, Barkhamsted area. Uncle Aaron’s Tackle Shack sells crawlers, mealworms, spikes, super worms, wax worms, two sizes of shiners, flies, fishing line, lures, rods and reels, and more. They also feature hand-made knives and antique reels.

Arts & Culture

Uncle Aaron’s Tackle Shack features artwork by local artists as well as antique reels and pre-1964 knife collections. Take in the small-town culture and historical architecture throughout the town.

Scenic Nature Views

Riverton offers breathtaking views of the Farmington River. Whether avid fisherman, hiker, nature enthusiast or an adventurer looking to conquer tubing, kayaking or canoeing the Farmington, stop by Riverton while you’re in town for some lunch and take in nature and the scenic landscape. Maybe even spot a bald eagle soaring along the river, a flock of ducks or a heron!

Shopping & Antiquities

The Hitchcock Chair Company put Riverton, CT on the map! In 1818, Lambert Hitchcock founded an innovative chair company in the northwestern hills of Connecticut, where he produced his beautiful hand stenciled furniture. By 1928, the elaborately stenciled chairs and cabinets made in Riverton became famous throughout America. In 2006, the famed Hitchcock Chair Company closed its doors. For four years, the name lay dormant. Those who recognized its unique quality and craftsmanship were able to find fully restored Hitchcock furniture through Still River Antiques, owned and operated by Rick Swenson. In the spring of 2010, Rick and his business partner, Gary Hath, purchased the Hitchcock name, plans, and artwork. Their goal is to continue the Hitchcock legacy, bringing Hitchcock furniture into the 21st century while maintaining the quality and integrity of Lambert Hitchcock’s original dream.

Accommodation

Plan your weekend getaway at two choices of accommodation. Hand and Heart Bed and Breakfast or the Riverton Inn. Both small town getaways right in the heart of Riverton. Hand and Heart Bed and Breakfast features three guest rooms, each with private bath, hardwood floors, central air, and Wi-Fi. The Riverton Inn features comfortable overnight accommodations, all with private bath, and cable t.v. Banquet facilities available for up to 100 people, country weddings and rehearsal dinners, holiday or private parties and celebrations and a full dining room available downstairs.

Riverton's History

About the early history and settlement of Barkhamsted where Riverton resides.

Barkhamsted was one of the last Connecticut towns to be occupied by white settlers. Many towns, with excellent coastal locations or with superior farmland or on major rivers, were settled between 1635 and 1700. With none of these advantages, Barkhamsted was not settled until the mid-1700’s and was not formally incorporated as a town until 1779.

In 1732 the land making up Barkhamsted was assigned to the town of Windsor, ending a quandary that started almost 50 years earlier. The issue involved not only Barkhamsted but the entire northwest portion of the colony of Connecticut. In 1686 the colony was fearful of losing control of these unoccupied and unassigned lands. This fear was a real possibility with the creation of the Dominion of New England by King James and the arrival of the new royal governor, Sir Edmund Andross. In an effort to prevent the loss of these lands, the Connecticut General Assembly hastily deeded all the unassigned lands over to the towns of Hartford and Windsor. The crisis was over after a few years, with a new King and with the demise of the Dominion of New England. It was expected that the emergency remedy would be undone, that Hartford and Windsor would not actually retain the large tract of land. For years, the issue was overlooked until some areas of the northwestern lands began to be settled in the early 1700’s. The ownership question had to be resolved. Probably realizing their claim was weak, Hartford and Windsor nonetheless fought for years to retain rights to the land, in the hope of possible compensation. Their hopes were realized. In a compromise adopted in 1726, the General Assembly allowed half the land to stay with Hartford and Windsor. The other half reverted back to the colony.

In 1732 the Hartford and Windsor land was divided up and the boundaries set. Hartford would own Winchester, Hartland, New Hartford and the eastern half of Harwinton. Windsor got Barkhamsted, Colebrook, Torrington and the western half of Harwinton. The settlement stipulated that each taxpayer (called proprietors) would receive land in those towns in proportion to the amount of taxes he paid in 1720. Hence, Windsor needed to allocate the lands of Barkhamsted among the 108 proprietors who paid taxes in 1720. Imagine if you were one of these lucky proprietors! You now had rights to what would be a number of parcels of land in four towns including Barkhamsted.

The land forming Barkhamsted was allocated to the Windsor proprietors in five divisions or lots. The first division included lots running up the center of the town, from south to north, as well as lots running up along the eastern border. Much of the central land in the first division fell between the present Center Hill Road and the East Branch of the Farmington River and therefore lies under the Barkhamsted Reservoir today. Of this division, each proprietor received a lot containing one acre for each pound (sterling) he paid in taxes. Which lot he received was determined by lottery.

Each proprietor was granted one acre of the second division for every ten pounds he paid in taxes, or one-tenth the amount of land he received in the first division. This small division was located in south-central portion of the town, primarily along the West Branch of the Farmington River.

For more history on this region of Connecticut please visit the Barkhamsted Historical Society

GET IN TOUCH WITH US

To get in touch with us please fill out the form to send us an email regarding any questions or feedback about Riverton and the Merchants. Or call the Riverton General Store (Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm EST) at (860) 379-0811. We will be sure to respond to any email requests within 24 hours. Thank you!