Introduction to Norwich, Connecticut
Norwich, Connecticut, in New London county, is 28 miles SE of Manchester, Connecticut and 77 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The city is included in the New London - Norwich metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 36,117 people lived in Norwich.
Settlers from Old Saybrook founded Norwich in 1658. Led by Major John Mason and Reverend James Fitch, the Settlers bought land from the Mohegan tribe of Native Americans. A wharf was established in Yantic Cove in 1668. The community was probably named after the English city of Norwich. It was officially incorporated in 1784. During the 18th-century, Norwich was primarily a shipbuilding center.
Norwich and nearby Attractions
- Leffingwell House Museum
- Norwich Arts Council Gallery
- Cold Brook
- Norwich Marina
- Norwich Rose Garden
- Stoddard Hill State Park
Things To Do In Norwich
Norwich offers a wide range of recreational facilities to both its residents and visitors. One can visit the Leffingwell House Museum or walk around the Norwich Arts Council Gallery. The Norwich Marina and the Central Wharf are very popular tourist spots in the city. Here one can enjoy a variety of sports and other fitness activities. The city also boasts of several beautiful lakes, brooks and reservoirs. The Norwichtown Mall Shopping Center, Meadows Shopping Center, Wawecus Hill Road Center Shopping Center and Green Plains Plaza Shopping Center are ideal destinations for those who enjoy shopping. In addition, Norwich also hosts numerous festivals around the year. Among these are the Fall Festival & Russian Bazaar, Grange Fair, Grecian Food Festival, Juneteenth Day, Sweet Potato Festival and Winterfest.
Groton-New London Airport provides facilities for air transportation.
Norwich Higher Education
Three Rivers Community College is the local institute offering courses in higher education. One can also enroll at the nearby Eastern Connecticut State University or the University of Connecticut.