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Exploring Connecticut’s Towns – Norwich!

Saturday, April 21, 2018
10:00am – 12:00pm

Norwich, CT

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center at UConn presents “Exploring Connecticut’s Towns”, a series that will look at natural and cultural history from a local perspective. The next town to be explored is the Norwich, CT on Saturday, April 21, 10 am to 12:15 pm.

The natural and cultural history of Connecticut, in each of its 169 towns, has a unique story to tell. From the indigenous peoples arriving after the glaciers receded and the European explorers and settlers establishing colonies in the “New World,” to the innovators of the industrial revolution leading to the present day, Connecticut is steeped in history. Join us as we explore Connecticut’s towns and learn about the people and places that have shaped and continue to shape the Constitution State.

The City of Norwich was founded in 1659 and the friendship formed with the local Mohegan Tribe allowed the Norwich settlers to purchase a tract of land 9 miles square. One of the largest cities in the Colonies during the 18th century, it was a center of wealth, commerce, influence as well as home to many important historic figures connected to American War of Independence. However, a particular resident became one of this country’s most infamous and internationally recognized traitors: Benedict Arnold. Arnold was Washington’s trusted General and was a talented commander in the Continental Army until 1779 when he decided to change sides and start secret negotiations with the British.

For this special Exploring Connecticut’s Towns visit we will discover the story of this controversial and complicated man who greatly impacted our nation’s history during the Revolutionary War. The tour will provide a glimpse into Benedict Arnold’s complex childhood as well as discuss other prominent Norwich figures that played a role in the Revolutionary War. The walk will conclude with a special tour of the Leffingwell House Museum, one of the finest restored examples of New England Colonial architecture. This living museum offers a glimpse of early 18th century life. It started as a simple two room house in1675, and progressed into elegant home filled with fascinating items representative of its architectural evolution.

The program fee is $15. Advance registration is required. This program is for adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For further information visit or call 860.486.4460.


Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (primary), History Department, Office of Public Engagement, UConn Master Calendar

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