Samuel Huntington Grave and Home
Immediately after retracing their steps back across the bridge toward the meadow, walkers should look slightly up the hill to the left, to see the brick tomb of Declaration Of Independence-signer Samuel Huntington and his wife Martha.
Due to the coincidence of timing, Mr. Huntington has the distinction of being both the last President of the Second Continental Congress, and the first President Of The United States, under the Articles Of Confederation. A self-taught lawyer, among his many achievements, he also served 10 years as Connecticut’s Governor.
Here is a link to the Forgotten Founders’ page regarding Governor Huntington’s home and tomb: http://theforgottenfounders.com/tag/samuel-huntington-ct/
Here is a link to the National Park Service’s page regarding the Governor Samuel Huntington House (Note: the house depicted at the top of this page does not appear to be correct, but further down the page, the photo is accurate): https://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/declaration/site2.htm
Here is a link to the Find A Grave page regarding Governor Huntington’s tomb: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=2808
Bill Stanley (at the lectern) is introducing me, and Channing Huntington, then-President of the Samuel Huntington Homestead in Scotland, CT is seated on the dais behind me. The 2nd Company of the Governor’s Foot Guard is assembled to the rear. Photo by Dianne Brown.
Proceeding up the hill through the Old Norwichtown Cemetery, walkers will exit onto East Town Street, adjacent to the large yellow Governor Samuel Huntington House [34 East Town Street].
At this point, walkers can choose to return to their vehicles, or turn left on East Town Street, and walk approximately ¼ mile west to the Norwichtown Green.
After the stop-sign, drivers can park either on East Town Street straight ahead, or by taking the diagonal left fork onto Elm Avenue, they can park next to the pie-shaped Norwichtown Green. Except for the Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitors Center at the Daniel Lathrop School House, the historic buildings on the Green are all private residences, and not open to the public.
Here is a link to the City Of Norwich’s page regarding the Norwichtown Historic District: http://www.norwichct.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Norwichtown-Historic-District-91
Here is a link to the City Of Norwich’s page regarding the Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitors Center: http://www.norwichct.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Norwich-Heritage-amp-Regional-Visitors-C-18