Connecting with the Norwich Public School’s curriculum and offering place-based education for local students as an NHS priority. The NHS strives to be known and recognized throughout the city as a heritage and tourism leader whose efforts help to celebrate local history while bringing heritage people and organizations together.
View from Jail Hill
The second phase is “The Norwich Freedom Trail.” This trail will cover the Jacksonian Period in history and will include Norwich notables such as David Ruggles, James L. Smith and the Jail Hill National Register Historic District, located adjacent to historic Downtown Norwich. In addition, this Trail will emphasize Norwich’s connection to President Lincoln during the Civil War. Norwich has many important natives during this period, such as the Acting Vice President of the United States – Lafayette Foster, and Governor William Buckingham. There are also significant places, such as the historic Yantic Cemetery where many Civil War soldiers are buried, and the Wauregan Hotel, where Lincoln visited.
The next trail is the “Norwich’s Millionaires’ Triangle” which will feature the Industrial Era and the Gilded Age. At one time Norwich had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the United States. The rich and famous of the era, included William Slater, Leonard Ballou, and Henry Bill. Many of the homes are still in existence and are all conveniently located near Slater Memorial Museum and the Chelsea Parade National Register Historic District. This effort will include connectivity to the various mill village neighborhoods in the in the city (Greeneville, Occum, Taftville, and Yantic) along with the stories of millwork during that period. This project will utilize 21st Century technology to reach a broad audience. Each historic site located on “The Norwich Freedom Trail” and “Norwich Millionaires’ Triangle” will be accessible on walknorwich.org. Visitors and residents can use self-guided trail brochures or their mobile device in order to take the tours. The information on the trail will include information about the sites, the people who impacted those sites and Norwich’s contribution to the Abolitionist Movement, Civil War and the Industrial Revolution.
This project will utilize 21st Century technology to reach a broad audience. Each historic site located on “The Norwich Freedom Trail” and “Norwich Millionaires’ Triangle” will be accessible on walknorwich.org. Visitors and residents can use self-guided trail brochures or their mobile device in order to take the tours. The information on the trail will include information about the sites, the people who impacted those sites and Norwich’s contribution to the Abolitionist Movement, Civil War and the Industrial Revolution.
An important economic development approach identified through this Uncas Leap Falls study is to build an integrated tourism strategy for the city that brings in outside energy and revenue by taking advantage of Norwich’s unique heritage— not only a re-emphasis on Norwich’s dynamic Revolutionary, Civil War and industrial history, but a parallel stress on its partnership with the Mohegans, from Uncas Leap forward to the last decades’ casino/ resort development and its importance to the city’s employment base and consumer economy.
Committee members from the Norwich Historical Society, Mohegan Tribe, the City of Norwich and other community partners are working together on this significant project.
The Norwich Historical Society is coordinating an event called “History Day on the Norwichtown Green” with over 15 heritage based non-profits that encompass the Norwich Heritage Groups. “History Day” will take place on the Norwichtown Green on Sunday October 1, 2017 from 10:00am – 4:00pm in coordination with the Last Green Valley’s Walktober. The goal is to build awareness of Eastern, Connecticut’s rich heritage and cultural assets. Historical Reenactors from various time periods, local Historical Societies/Organizations, Historic House Museums, Colonial Crafters, and Antique Dealers will be on hand at this event. Vendors will sell specialty items such as books, gifts or antiques.
The East District Schoolhouse circa 1789 (in partnership with the City of Norwich)
Governor Samuel Huntington House (in partnership with UCFS)
Ongoing care of the Dr. Daniel Lathrop Schoolhouse circa 1783
Summer Internship Program at the Visitors’ Center
Ongoing Historic Preservation Projects
Annual Ghost Tour