Tapping Reeve House & Law School is a building located in Litchfield, Connecticut that was once used as a law school and home to founding father of the United States Constitution, James Madison. The property has been used for many different purposes over the years, including as a private residence, boarding school, and law school. Tapping Reeve House & Law School is now open to the public as a museum and historic site.
The property was originally purchased by Colonel Elisha Phelps in 1774. In 1785, James Madison moved into the property and began using it as a law school. Tapping Reeve House & Law School soon became one of the most well-known law schools in the country, and many of the Founding Fathers of the United States Constitution studied there, including James Madison, John Adams, and Alexander Hamilton.
The property was sold in 1806 and became a private residence. It later served as a boarding school and then a law school again. Tapping Reeve House & Law School closed in 1833, but reopened in 1875. It remained open until 1911, when it was closed for good.
Tapping Reeve House & Law School was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. It was opened to the public as a museum and historic site in 1974. Tapping Reeve House & Law School is now open seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day and on weekends from September to May. Admission is free.
For more information, visit http://www.tappingreeve.org/.