The First National Bank of Litchfield
The First National Bank of Litchfield
13 North Street
Litchfield, CT 06759
Local: 860-567-8752
Toll Free: 1-888-567-1814

Lobby & Drive-Up Hours:
Mon-Tues 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wed- Fri 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - NOON
* 24 hour ATM

Responsiveness, Flexibility and Personal Service for 196 Years.
The First National Bank of Litchfield's 196-year history has played an important role in defining who we are and how we'll continue to meet the changing financial needs of our customers.

National Charter
FNBL is the oldest nationally chartered bank in the state of Connecticut, created by the founding fathers at the birth of our country. Benjamin Tallmadge, George Washington's spymaster during the Revolutionary War, was one of our founding directors. FNBL was organized in 1814 as a branch of the Phoenix Bank of Hartford, and then reorganized in 1864 as The First National Bank of Litchfield.

During the first half of the 1800s, the Bank enjoyed steady business as profits grew, despite the War of 1812 and some opposition to the Bank from the community. During the latter half of the 1800s, the Bank prospered and was able to declare regular dividends to its shareholders.

The 1900s
The dawn of the 1900s saw the Bank join the newly organized Federal Reserve System as it subscribed to $7,500 in stock of the Federal Reserve Board of Boston. During World War I, the Bank was an active center for the sale of Liberty Bonds; and, shortly after The Great War, the Bank saw a new type of clientele with the advent of the automobile.

Problems were on the horizon for the Bank, however, as the Great Depression brought defaulted loans, losses from investments and lower deposits. The Bank fought hard to avoid being one of more than 5,000 organizations turning to the Reconstruction Finance Corporation for loans; it was among the first banks to reopen after the Banking Holiday of 1933.

The Bank found prosperous times ahead and, in 1953, the Board approved the opening of a second branch in Washington Depot. Twenty years later, FNBL opened its third branch and established a trust department to service the needs of an expanding and flourishing Litchfield County.

In 1988, First Litchfield Financial Corporation - FNBL's holding company - was formed, and the Bank's commitment to community banking with personal service led to steady growth and market dominance.

Today & Beyond
Almost 200 years later, FNBL is still a driving force behind Litchfield County's growth. By listening and responding to customer needs, FNBL continues to take a leadership role in bringing to market new personal and commercial loan and deposit products, plus an expanded Trust & Wealth Management offering.

The Bank achieved widespread growth in 2006: its first foray into the Farmington Valley with the opening of its eighth branch in Canton; the opening of its tenth branch, in New Milford, at 100 Park Lane; a second Torrington branch in the former Hilltop Inn; and, finally, FNBL further expanded by launching First Litchfield Leasing Corporation, offering middle-market equipment leases to the commercial markets of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

With new product offerings and the addition of top talent, FNBL continues to lead community banks in innovation and service. Check back often for the latest exciting news from FNBL.

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