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ABOUT US Formed in 2001 by Bill Stanley and Peg Wilson,
the Norwich Historical Society seeks to preserve,
protect and promote the rich history of Norwich, CT.
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LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STATEMENT

With gratitude and humility, the Norwich Historical Society acknowledges the Mohegan Tribe, original stewards of the land where the City of Norwich now stands. In 1659, Chief Uncas of the Mohegan Tribe granted a ‘9 mile square’ to the English immigrants who had come to make a new home in southeastern Connecticut.  Over the centuries that followed, Uncas and his people were dispossessed of their lands, including their sacred burial grounds in the area now known as Chelsea Parade.  We regret the injustices of Norwich’s past, and look forward to an inclusive and equitable city of the future that includes the present-day descendants of Uncas, and makes a place for the new and diverse population of our region.

PROGRAMS

VIRTUAL LECTURE SERIES

Partnering with notable scholars, our free, virtual, four-part lecture series will cover a myriad of topics related to Norwich’s rich history. Lecture topics include Benedict Arnold, Eighteenth Century Black Kings and Governors in Connecticut, Emma Baker, a Mohegan Leader in the Victorian era, and Social Life and Servants in America, 1865-1914. 

SECOND SATURDAY WALKING TOURS

From June to August, the Norwich Historical Society hosts walking tours of Norwich on the second Saturday of the month. These walking tours encompass a wide variety of themes in Norwich’s history from the 17th century and ending in the 20th century.

ANNUAL MEETING

The Norwich Historical Society hosts an Annual Meeting, which includes a brief business meeting and report, followed by a program open to the public.

WALKTOBER

The City of Norwich is proud to be a member of the Last Green Valley. The Last Green Valley is a National Heritage Corridor comprised of 35 towns in Eastern Connecticut and Southern Massachusetts.

WALK NORWICH

The Walk Norwich Trails are a series of historically themed walking trails designed to educate residents and visitors about the rich history of Norwich by providing people with an interactive walking self-guided trail complete with trail marker signs, interpretive signs, and self-guided brochures.

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VIRTUAL TOURS

The Norwich Historical Society is excited to share our virtual experiences with you! The NHS strives to create activities that celebrate local history and promote a greater understanding of Norwich’s diverse past.

Dr. Daniel Lathrop Schoolhouse

The Dr. Daniel Lathrop Schoolhouse will be open 11:00am – 3:00pm, Saturday- Sunday, May 4 – October 27, 2024. Parking is available along the Norwichtown Green.

The handicapped accessible ramp is in the back of the building. The building will have exhibits, interactive displays, activities for kids, and a gift shop. Admission is $5/person. NHS Members and Children under age 15 are free.

Outside of the Lathrop Schoolhouse is an outdoor information box that is filled with Walk Norwich self-guided trail brochures and brochures from other local attractions. The outdoor information box can be accessed at anytime.

Address:  69 East Town Street (Norwichtown) Norwich, CT 06360

Hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm, Saturday- Sunday, May 4 – October 27, 2024

Phone: 860-886-1776

Parking: Along the Norwichtown Green

Click Here to View the Norwich Heritage Map

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • A Mid-Victorian Afternoon

    Before Norwich became the official home of the National Croquet League Championship, the game was en...

    July 20 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Cockades for Lafayette

    The Dirty Blue Shirts will provide context on Lafayette’s 1824 visit to Norwich as well as the his...

    August 17 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

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