During the Nineteenth Century, the City of Norwich was home to a vibrant abolitionist movement. Residents such as David Ruggles played an active role in the Underground Railroad and the Harris Sisters attended Prudence Crandall’s controversial “Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color” school in Canterbury.
On this tour, you’ll hear incredible stories about colonial era blacksmith, Guy Drock, who earned his freedom and fugitive slave, shoemaker, minister and author, James L. Smith. Please join us as we explore a largely untold piece of Norwich’s history in the Jail Hill Historic District.
This special Second Saturday tour is apart of Otis Library’s Harris Sisters Month. This event is free and open to the public.
Walk- strenuous, has some very steep hills, 1.5 hours. 1.5 miles.
Begin: City Hall, David Ruggles Courtyard, 100 Broadway, Norwich, CT
Parking – City Hall Garage
Sponsored by: Otis Library, Prudence Crandall Museum & the Norwich Historical Society