Family Association




JUNE, 2017


A message from the DFA Board

Hello Cousins,


            Plans for the 2017 reunion have been progressing well.  Friday morning there will be a Litchfield Green Tour.  In the afternoon there will be a Milton Village Walking Tour and Law School Tour.  The Friday evening events will take place at the Black Rock Tavern in Thomaston, CT.  Entre choices are listed below on the reservation form.

            The Saturday events will be at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, Goshen, CT.  We are excited to welcome a speaker, who will tell us about the 19th century Minaturist Painter “Anson Dickinson and his family".

The schedule for the reunion events appears below.  Enclosed with this newsletter is a reservation card.



Friday, June 23

10am-11am     Litchfield Green Tour (begins at Litchfield Historical Society) - 7 South St. This tour is $ 7.00 per person.

1pm-2:30pm    Milton Village Walking Tour (begins at Trinity Episcopal Church) - 536 Milton Rd. This tour is free. Directions are below.

3:30-4:30pm    Litchfield Law School (Tapping Reeve House) Tour - 82 South St. This tour is $ 7.00 per person.

11am-5pm       Display Table @ Litchfield Historical Society. This will include miniatures by painter "Anson Dickinson"

5:30pm            Open Informal Board Meeting (Black Rock Tavern in Thomaston, CT)

6:30pm            Social Hour

7:30pm            Annual Reunion Dinner

Saturday, June 24

9:00am                        Gathering of cousins: registration, exhibits, sales & refreshments

11:00am          Dickinson Families of Litchfield and Goshen Discussion

11:30pm          Lunch

12:30pm          Counting of the cousins, prizes, group photo

1pm                 Annual meeting

1:30pm            Main Speaker, Topic: 19th century Miniaturist Painter “Anson Dickinson”

2:15pm            Q&A Session, Follow-Up Discussion, and Concluding Ceremony ending by 3:30 pm


Ken Dickinson,  Vice President


Please return your reservation card as soon as possible.


Although reservations are not required for the tours on Friday, June 23rd, please email Ken Dickinson at kmd12@comcast.net if you are planning to attend. This will help with the planning. There will also be a sign-up sheet for the 1pm and 3:30pm tours. Sign-up sheet will be in LHS Lobby (Front Desk). Museum itself opens at 11am. 10am tour meets in LHS lobby.




































































Please send your births, marriages and death announcements to Dickinson Genealogist Rebecca Passa at rlpassa99@gmail.com or 17 Pine St, Easthampton, MA 01207.







Diana Roberts Anderson, Hulett, NY; Heidi Babos; Lillian Campbell, South Hadley, MA; Helen Condict Case; Marion Hubbard Cook, Webster, NY; Ruth Crespi, West Hartford, CT; Lynne Cresutello, Shirley Daniels, Roseville, CA; Michael Dickinson, Bradenton, FL; George S. Dickinson, Fairfield CT; Kristen Dickinson, Red Wing, MN; Philip C. Dickinson, Roseville, MI; Barbara Dickinson, Roswell, NM; Betty Dickinson; Brad Dickinson; Thomas S. Dickinson; Betsy and Roy Dickinson, Clinton, CT; Philip B and Mary M Dickinson, Granville, MA; Paul Oliver Dickinson, Jr.,Vernon, FL; John A. Estes, Ocala, FL; Margaret Ann Dickinson Gaetani, Kennebunk, ME; Chuck and Linda Dickinson Gardner, Monument, CO; Mary Jane Dickinson Graham; Meredith Gray; Lillian Gudzunas, East Windsor CT; Tom Guettler; Marjorie Waite Hassel, Osprey, FL; George Hawksley, Bridgeport, CT; Elsie S. Hayden, Westfield, MA; Barbara Dickinson Hilton, Lumberton, NC; Cheyenne Huffor, Whittinsville, MA; Debbi Jackson, Dunnellon, FL; Sue Shepard Jaques, Skillman, NJ; Sharon Kaples, Utica, NY; Harold James Kempffer, Apple Valley, MN; William Lundin, North Canton, OH; Frank A. Mallalieu, Oro Valley, AZ; Elwin E. Mauer, Evergreen CO; Joyce Murdock, Peoria, AZ; Kathy Dickinson Nollsch, Hayward, CA; Lora L. Pallatto, San Mateo, CA; Autumn Rader; Kate Sanders, Old Saybrook, CT; Robie Spector; Lee Steventon, Menlo Park, CA; Kim Dickinson Testa, Altamont, NY; Joyce Howe Wagner, Simsbury, CT


If you have a mailing and/or email address for any of these cousins please send to Beth Landolina at BethL0719@sbcglobal.net. Thank you!







Please send your address and e-mail address changes to our membership clerk, Beth Landolina, at BethL0719@sbcglobal.net.





Reservation Card


The Dickinson Family Association, PO Box 2, Whately, MA 01093

Dear Cousin,

            We hope you will join us for the 2017 Reunion to be held June 24th  at St. Thomas of Villanova Church,

Goshen, CT.  Please complete and return this card as soon as possible.  Our deadline is June 14.

            On Friday night June 23, we will be having dinner at the Black Rock Tavern in Thomaston, CT.  We will

gather at 6:30 pm and dinner will be served at 7:30 pm.   An informal board meeting at 5:30 pm is open to all.


YES I would like to join you for dinner at the Black Rock Tavern.                       Number in party  _____ @ $36 each

Number for each choice:   ____ Sliced Sirloin;    ____ Salmon;    ____ Pork;    ____ Vegetarian            Total $______


            On Saturday June 24 reunion activities will start at 9:00 am, with lunch served at 11:30 am.


YES I will be attending.  ____ Adults @ $30;  ____ Students @ $10;  ___ Children under 5 (free).   Total $_______


NAME __________________________________________                                             Total enclosed:   $ ________

Checks should be made payable to The Dickinson Family Association and mailed to the address above.

  Questions, call Virginia Allis, treasurer: (413) 665-4584





























Directions to the Black Rock Tavern (78 Main St.), Thomaston, CT:


FROM THE SOUTH: Take I-84 north to Waterbury; take CT-8 north (exit 39) to Thomaston; take CT-6 west approx. ˝ mile, turn left onto Main St. at Thomaston’s Village Green.  Restaurant is on the immediate right after the Green.


FROM THE EAST (Hartford, CT): Take I-84 W to exit 38 (Farmington, CT); take CT-6 to Thomaston’s Village Green. Restaurant is across the street from the Green on the immediate right after the Green. (78 Main St.).


FROM THE NORTH AND WEST (Albany, NY): Take I-90 east, Take Exit 2 in Lee, MA to MA-20 east to West Becket, MA; take CT-8 south to Thomaston, CT; take Exit 40 CT-222 south (N. Main St.) to Thomaston’s Village Green. Restaurant is on the immediate right after Village Green (78 Main St.).




Directions for the Milton Village Green Walking Tour:

Directions from the Litchfield Historical Society (downtown Litchfield) to Trinity Episcopal Church (Milton Village Green):


Take CT- 202 west (West Street) .8 miles then take Right onto Milton Road (light at Stop & Shop).  Follow 2.8 miles uphill to the intersection with Maple Street (Bunnell Farm).


Turn Right onto Maple St. and immediately Turn Left continuing westerly on Milton Road for 1 mile.  The Village Green will be on the Left and the church is on the right opposite the Green.


Limited Parking is available in the church lot, however parking is allowed on the intersecting streets (Headquarters Road and Shear Shop Road) and on the Green itself.





171 North St. (Route 63) Goshen, CT

FROM THE SOUTH: Take I-84 north to Waterbury; take CT-8 north to Thomaston; take CT-254 to Litchfield; take CT-63 to Goshen.  The church is ˝ mile North of the Rotary.  Turn left into parking area.


FROM THE EAST (Hartford, CT): Take I-84 W to exit 39 (Farmington, CT); take CT-4 to Goshen. The church is ˝ mile North of the Rotary.  Turn left into parking area.


Note: CT-4 takes a hard Left uphill in W. Farmington, CT leading thru Burlington, CT then a hard Right in Harwington, CT which eventually leads steeply downhill to Torrington, CT.  CT-4 goes uphill again to Goshen. 


FROM THE WEST (Albany, NY) Take I-90 east, Take Exit 1in West Stockbridge, MA to MA-41 south to Great Barrington, MA; take MA-7 south to Canaan, CT; CT-63 to Goshen.  Church will be on the Right.


FROM THE NORTH (Springfield, MA):  Take I-91 south to I-84 W in Hartford, CT then follow directions above.  Note:  There are shorter routes through northern CT, however there are many turns on rural highways.  See Google Maps for more info…




Directions to Litchfield:

Litchfield is located in the northwestern hills of Connecticut at the junction of routes 202, 118, and 63 (all of which meet and cross at the town Green).

From the North or East

Take I-84 to Exit 39. Get off at Exit 39, and take Route 4 to Route 118 (They meet just after you go through Harwinton.) Follow 118 into the center of Litchfield.


This is the shortest route, but it can be a little confusing. Be sure to pay attention to the Route 4 signs, because the road turns a couple of times at traffic lights. This route takes about an hour from Hartford to Litchfield.

From the South or West

Take I-84 to Route 8 (at Waterbury, expect to exit on the left side). Take Route 8 to Exit 42 (Litchfield/Harwinton, Route 118). Take a left on Route 118 and follow it about six miles into the center of Litchfield. This route takes about an hour from Danbury; from Waterbury it takes 20 minutes.


Alternate Route: take I-84 to Route 7 North (at Danbury). Take Route 7 to Route 202. Watch for Route 202 signs in New Milford. Take Route 202 into the center of Litchfield. This route takes about an hour from Danbury.

Once you have arrived in Litchfield

The Litchfield Historical Society is located on the corner of Route 63 South and Route 118. It is a brick building with green trim on the southeast side of the Green. The Tapping Reeve House and Law School are a little further south on Route 63 (South Street). They are located on the west side of the street behind a white fence.


For either building, cars and vans may park along the street or in the municipal lot located halfway down the street behind the block of brick commercial buildings across from the Museum. Street parking spaces in the center of town are subject to time limits. Please follow the signs.



Web site:  www.dickinsonfamilyassociation.org

Newsletter editor:  Dale Williams