From its earliest human habitation 10,000 years ago, the land has drawn people to the Norwich area. Through the centuries, three rivers — the Yantic, Shetucket…
The American Revolution did not begin with a fight. The first “battles” involved the idea of revolution. Norwich, as one of the largest cities in the Colonies…
The Troubadour Trail was created to use thirteen of Tom Callinan’s original songs, to provide visitors – whether onsite, or virtually, with musical interpretations…
By the early 1800s the Millionaires’ Triangle—bordered by Broadway, Broad Street, and Washington Street—was on the way to becoming the city’s finest residential district.
In the spirit of truth and equity, it is with gratitude and humility that we pay tribute to the Mohegan Tribe, the original stewards of the land where the City of Norwich now stands. Norwich can trace its origins to the year 1659, when Chief Uncas gave a gift of 9 miles square of his native homeland to the immigrant people surrounding him. The Norwich Historical Society recognizes the town’s debt to that landmark event of centuries ago and acknowledges the encroachments which resulted in the eventual dispossession of the Tribe’s land. The descendants of Uncas continue to live and work beside us in the present and will be among us in the generations that follow. We now work toward greater awareness of the inequities of history, most especially the destruction of the Tribe’s burying grounds which resulted in the establishment of a memorial grove dedicated in 2008. As we move forward to the future, let us not forget the past so that we can build an inclusive and equitable location for all those who come to occupy what was once solely Native land.
The Norwich Historical Society would like to thank the following sponsors of the Walk Norwich project:
The State Historic Preservation Office of the Department of Economic and Community Development with funds from the Community Investment Act of the State of Connecticut
The Sachem Fund: A joint cultural entity of the City of Norwich and the Mohegan Tribe for the purpose of furthering the economic development of the City of Norwich and the cultural experience of residents and visitors.
Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors
The R.S. Gernon Trust
Chelsea Groton Bank Foundation
The Elsie A. Brown Fund
The Last Green Valley
Jewett City Savings Bank
People’s United Bank
United Community and Family Services