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Norwich, Connecticut, USA

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Where is Norwich, Connecticut, USA? 

Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA
Located in southeastern Connecticut, Norwich is a vibrant community with a beautiful harbor on the convergence of the Thames, Shetucket and Yantic Rivers. Norwich boasts outstanding cultural attractions including two museums and numerous festivals as well as an excellent education system.www.norwichct.org/


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Norwich, Connecticut, USA - Monument - Founder's Cemetery, Post Gager Burial Ground, Norwich, New London, Connecticut -- The thirty-five original proprietors of Norwich, Connecticut were:

Thomas Adgate, Richard Edgerton, Maj. John Mason, Robert Allyn, John Elderkin, Dr. John Olmstead, Stephen Backus, Rev. James Fitch, John Pease, Lieut.William Backus, John Gager, John Post, John Baldwin, Stephen Gifford, Josiah Reed, Thomas Bingham, Francis Griswold, John Reynolds, John Birchard, Thomas Howard, Jonathan Royce, Morgan Bowers,Christopher Huntington, Nehemiah Smith, Thomas Bliss, Simon Huntington, John Tracy, John Bradford, Samuel Hyde, Lieut. Thomas Tracy, Hugh Calkins, William Hyde, Ens. Thomas Waterman, John Calkins, Lieut. Thomas Leffingwell
Norwich, Connecticut, USA

Monument - Founder's Cemetery, Post Gager Burial Ground, Norwich, New London, Connecticut -- The thirty-five original proprietors of Norwich,... Read MORE...
Norwich, Connecticut, USA - New London and Norwich
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
Norwich, Connecticut, USA

New London and Norwich
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
Norwich, Connecticut, USA - Thanksgiving Barrel Burning, Norwich, Conn.
Painesville Telegraph
Painesville, Lake County, Ohio
Nov 29, 1888
Norwich, Connecticut, USA

Thanksgiving Barrel Burning, Norwich, Conn.
Painesville Telegraph
Painesville, Lake County, Ohio
Nov 29, 1888
Norwich, Connecticut, USA - Bird's Eye View from Laurel Hill, Norwich, Conn.
Norwich, Connecticut, USA

Bird's Eye View from Laurel Hill, Norwich, Conn.
Norwich, Connecticut, USA - Preston Bridge, Shetucket River, Norwich, Conn.
Norwich, Connecticut, USA

Preston Bridge, Shetucket River, Norwich, Conn.
Norwich, Connecticut, USA - Norwich, Conn.
Norwich, Connecticut, USA

Norwich, Conn.
Norwich, Connecticut, USA - Norwich Inn Equestrians
Norwich, Connecticut, USA

Norwich Inn Equestrians

Norwich, Connecticut, USA - Home of Samuel Huntington, Washington Street, Norwich, New London, Connecticut
Norwich, Connecticut, USA

Home of Samuel Huntington, Washington Street, Norwich, New London, Connecticut
Norwich, Connecticut, USA - Plaque in memory of Benedict Arnold family - Old Burying Grounds, Norwich, New London, Connecticut.
Norwich, Connecticut, USA

Plaque in memory of Benedict Arnold family - Old Burying Grounds, Norwich, New London, Connecticut.

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Norwich justice
The penalties at this time (first half of 18th century) were :

For drunkenness, a fine, (5s. to ...Read MORE...

1720 Flood
Sept. 4, 1720. " The flood raised Norwich river to a prodigious height; stacks of hay floated down...Read MORE...

1722 - Clever Indian in Norwich
An Indian being found drunk, was brought before Mr. Justice Bushnell, and sentenced according to...Read MORE...

In the freshet of February, 1727, four of the town bridges were swept away, and among them was this which crossed the Shetucket.

History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874
1729 Norwich town common established
In 1729, the proprietors agree, vote, and grant, "that the Plain in the Town Platt, called the...Read MORE...

1729 Flood (Norwich)
The Boston News-Letter notices an extraordinary flood of the Shetucket at Norwich, 28th of...Read MORE...

1730 - Norwich Rattlesnakes
1730. Voted, that whosoever shall kill a rattlesnake within this township at any time within one...Read MORE...

1737 Flood (Norwich)
A thaw and freshet of unusual power and rapidity of action occurred Jan. 16, 1737. The Shetucket...Read MORE...

In 1751 (Norwich) the selectmen were empowered to prosecute with vigor all who should sell or convey land to strangers, and all sales of this kind were declared null and void.
Orders were given likewise that no strangers should remain in the town without the public consent,...Read MORE...

1764 - Leffingwell's Bridge completed (Norwich)
June 20, 1764. " Leffingwell's Bridge over Shetacket river at Norwich Landing it completed. It is...Read MORE...

1767 - 240 Acadians leave Norwich for Quebec
Norwich, as well as other towns in Connecticut, was taxed with the support of a certain number of...Read MORE...

In 1773, the first Newspaper was established in Norwich.
The proprietors and printers were Alexander Robertson, James Robertson, and John Trumbull, under...Read MORE...

1784 - Norwich Incorporated as a City
This was part of the area known as Mohegin. Several men from Saybrook began a settlement in 1659...Read MORE...

1784 Flood (Norwich)
Jan. 8, 1784, was distinguished by a yet greater and more sweeping freshet, which affected both the ...Read MORE...

1789 Flood (Norwich)
The year 1789 was marked by a June freshet. For two days, the 10th and 11th of the month, the rains ...Read MORE...

1792 - First turnpike road company, New London to Norwich, incorporated.
After the American Revolution, Connecticut granted franchises for the building of ‘toll’ roads or...Read MORE...

1795 - First insurance company incorporated as the Mutual Assurance Company of the City of Norwich.
...This great fire of 1793 quickened public opinion in regard to the benefits to be derived from...Read MORE...

1796 - The Norwich Courier was founded by Thomas Hubbard, November 30, 1796
The original Norwich Courier was 18 x 11 inches in size, with four pages. February 12, 1817,...Read MORE...

1797 Flood (Norwich)
Jan. 29, 1797, was marked by a peculiar freshet resulting from a January thaw. The smaller rivers...Read MORE...

The annual Thanksgiving was a day of great hilarity, although its time- honored essential characteristic was a sermon. A peculiar adjunct of this festival in Norwich was a barrel bonfire.
A lofty pole was erected, around which a pyramid of old barrels was arranged, — large at the...Read MORE...

1807 Flood and Fire (Norwich)
After the present century came in, the first great flood was in 1807. The rivers began to break up...Read MORE...

1819 - Norwich
Norwich, a wealthy commercial post town, and the semi-seat of justice of the county, is situated at ...Read MORE...

1823 Flood (Norwich)
A remarkable freshet occurred on the 6th of March, 1823, which was caused by a rain of twenty four...Read MORE...

1835 Flood (Norwich)
March 11, 1835, ushered in a freshet similar to that of 1823. the water rising twelve or fifteen...Read MORE...

1854 Floods (Norwich)
Feb. 8, 1854, most of the wharves were submerged by the breaking up of the ice, and the basements...Read MORE...

1857 Flood
The 9th and 10th of February, 1857, were marked by a freshet which might be called the Half-century ...Read MORE...

News  1861 - Norwich, Conn., April 14. - The excitement produced by the war news was never equalled here. All our people are read to uphold the Government, and hundreds are ready to enlist.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 15, 1861
1865 Norwich - " A copperhead snako three feet long was killed by two young men in the woods near this city, May 21, 1865."

History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874
News  1883 - A FAMOUS HOSTELRY BURNED. - THE BRASE BULL INN IN CONNECTICUT DESTROYED BY FIRE.
NORWICH, Conn., Dec. 23 - The oldest house in Windham County, a large wood colored edifice of the...Read MORE...

News  1887 - NORWICH, Conn., March 16. - St. Patrick's Catholic Church was damaged to the extent of $10,000 by fire to-day.
The building cost $250,000, and is insured for $52,000. The fire was caused by a careless altar boy ...Read MORE...

News  1888 - NO END OF FUN. How the Norwich, Conn., Boys Celebrate Thanksgiving.
They Go About the Town Gathering Barrels, and Then After the Turkey is Eaten What a Thanksgiving...Read MORE...

News  1889 - A SACRIFICE TO MAMMON. Coroner Park's Idea of New Freight Cars Should be Constricted.
NORWICH, Conn., July 2. - Coroner Park has filed another unique verdict in the case of John Pender...Read MORE...

1906
Norwich, a city, semi-capital of New London co., Conn., finely situated on the Thames River, here...Read MORE...

News  1913 - BOAT TRAIN WRECKED.
One Woman Badly Injured in Accident Near Norwich.

Special to The New York Times.

NEW LONDON,...Read MORE...

1967 - March 5 - WEDN TV channel 53 in Norwich, CT (PBS) begins broadcasting

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