Uncas Leap Trail

    THE UNCAS LEAP WALKING TRAIL

    Length 2 Miles, 40 Minutes
    Type: Culture
    Difficulty Level: Easy

    Wiqômun/Welcome to the Uncas Leap Trail. Norwich is a portion of the traditional territory of the Mohegan people. Three miles south of Uncas Leap sits the current Mohegan reservation. Sachem Uncas was a great Mohegan leader, who allowed English colonists to settle in the nine miles square that became Norwich.

    STOP 1 - Battle of Sachems’ Plain

    Sachem Uncas and his Mohegan people were closely related to all the tribes of southern New England as the leaders often sent their sons and daughters…

    STOP 2 - Uncas Leap

    On September 17th, 1643 The Battle of the Sachem’s Plain (now known as the Great Plain) brought Narragansett and Mohegan warriors to Yantic Falls…

    STOP 2a - Uncas Grants English Settlement

    Uncas, supported by his sons Owaneco and Attawanhood, permitted the colonists to establish themselves within a piece of land nine miles square…

    STOP 3 - Uncas Monument

    Uncas/Wôks (meaning Fox) was a Mohegan Sachem/Sôcum or head chief who lived from 1598-1683. Sagamores, or sub-chiefs, served under him…

    STOP 4 - Royal Mohegan Burial Grounds

    When Uncas allowed the English settlers to establish themselves in the nine-mile square, he reserved a condition to which the English agreed…

    STOP 5 - Royal Mohegan Burial Ground Memorial

    Following the desecration recorded by Emma Baker, the Masonic Temple was built there in 1928. In 1995 the city bought the 3.4 acres of land at the…

    STOP 6 - The Ravine

    In front of you is a mill building. In back of you is a ravine. Centuries ago Mohegans…

    STOP 7 - The Mohegan Landing

    For many generations, well before contact with Europeans, Mohegans inhabited a village on the shore at the bottom of the Yantic Falls, where…