Hitchcock Chair Co was started in 1811 in Riverton, CT (known as Hitchcocksville at that time) by Lambert Hitchcock. He made simple, affordable chairs that looked expensive. He used a new technique of stenciling instead of hand painting the designs. Although he was a great craftsman, he was financially inept. Sadly he died in debt in 1852. The company basically ceased to exist until 1946 when John Kenny ran across the abandoned factory and decided to revive the company. He used the same style and painting. Many chairs were also made as special orders for events or depicting historic buildings. The company again closed in 2006.