The Norwich Historical Society is not a collections-based organization and we recommend you donate your artifacts to other historical institutions such as Slater Memorial Museum or Leffingwell House Museum.

Otis Library

261 Main Street Norwich, CT 06360

Website: www.otislibrarynorwich.org


Leffingwell House Museum

348 Washington Street Norwich, CT 06360

Phone: (860) 889-9440, Website: www.leffingwellhousemuseum.org


Norwich City Historian:

Dale Plummer – email: cityhistorian@norwichct.org, Phone: (860) 949-5784


Historic Norwich Cemeteries:

 Post and Gager: Lee Ave

Colonial Burying Ground: 40 East Town Street or Old Cemetery Lane

Oat Street Cemetery: 34 Oak Street

Yantic Cemetery: 68 Lafayette Street


Reference Books Available at Otis Library & Leffingwell House Museum:

Caulkins, Frances Manwaring. History of Norwich Connecticut From its Possession by the Indians, To the Year 1866. Norwich, Connecticut: John Trumbull Press, 1989.

Perkins, Mary Elizabeth. Old Houses of the Antient Town of Norwich 1660-1800. Norwich, Connecticut: Press of the Bulletin Co, 1895.

Federal Tax Credits for Historic Properties: The Tax Code of 1986 permits owners of depreciable residential, commercial and industrial buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places to elect a 20% investment tax credit in conjunction with the certified rehabilitation of certified historic structures. In Connecticut, the use of federal tax credits for historic rehabilitation projects has resulted in several thousand units of housing, through the upgrading of substandard buildings or the creation of new residential units by conversion of school, factory, warehouse, church, retail, apartments hotel, office, and other buildings.

20% tax credits for the certified rehabilitation of certified historic structures and is available for properties rehabilitated for commercial, industrial, agricultural, or rental residential properties.  (Ponemah Mills successfully utilized this program.) It is not available for properties used as the owner’s private residence.

10% tax credits for the rehabilitation of non-historic, non-residential buildings built before 1936.

State Tax Credits for Historic Properties: The CT Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program (C.G.S. Sec. 10-416c) establishes a 25% tax credit on the Qualified Rehabilitation Expenditures associated with the rehabilitation of a Certified Historic Structure for either 1) residential use of five units or more, 2) mixed residential and nonresidential use or 3) nonresidential use consistent with the historic character of such property or the district in which such property is located.  An additional credit is available for projects that include affordable housing as provided in section 8-39a of the general statutes.

For more information about these programs:

The State Historic Preservation Office

450 Columbus Blvd. Suite 5
Hartford, CT 06103


Preservation Connecticut

940 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517

Phone: 203-562-6312


Help for Historic Homeowners: https://preservationct.org/homeowners

The Norwich Historical Society is NOT the Norwich Historic District Commission. They are two separate entities.

The primary function of the Historic District Commission is to review the appropriateness of any physical alterations to the exterior of a historic structure, construction of a new structure, or demolition of an existing structure that is visible from a public way in the local historic district.

Typical work that requires such review includes: replacement of windows or doors, siding, addition of decks, garages, fences or outbuildings. Ordinary repairs and maintenance and paint colors are not subject to review.

Norwich has a Historic District Commission to regulate the Little Plain and Norwichtown Local Historic District. The Norwich Historic District Commission has authority set forth by Ordinance 439 adopted 10/2/67. The City Council appoints five members to five-year terms and three alternates to two-year terms beginning on January 1.

Norwich Historic District Commission website: http://www.norwichct.org/144/Historic-District-Commission

Maintained by the National Park Service, the National Register of Historic Places is an inventory of significant buildings and sites recognized for their historic, architectural, or cultural significance. Designation includes individual properties and historic districts. There are 11 historic districts and 26 individual sites in Norwich are listed on the National Register. While this is an honorary listing, review is required if changes involve federal funding, licensing or permits.

Local Historic District: The Connecticut General Assembly gives towns the authority to establish locally designated historic districts and individual historic properties for which visible exterior architectural changes are reviewed by a local historic district commission. This designation is the most restrictive and offers the most protection for areas or buildings of historic and architectural significance.

Norwich has two Local Historic Districts: Norwichtown and Little Plain. Local Historic Districts are not to be confused with National Register Districts; although both are automatically listed on the State Register of Historic Places, they are structured and reviewed differently.

Ask your historic district commission or view properties on this map from the Preservation Connecticut: http://lhdct.org/maps/inventory-overview

Little Plain Historic District Nomination form: https://npgallery.nps.gov/NRHP/GetAsset/NRHP/70000718_text

Norwichtown Historic District Nomination form: https://npgallery.nps.gov/NRHP/GetAsset/NRHP/73001951_text


For more resources, please visit: https://www.norwichhistoricalsociety.org/resources/