Walking tour recalling Lincoln's Norwich visit planned

Norwich – Local history buffs talk often of presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln’s campaign visit to the Rose City in 1860 and on Oct. 13 the committee overseeing the city’s 150th anniversary celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation will lead a tour of Lincoln’s downtown jaunt.

“In the Footsteps of Lincoln,” a guided walking tour along the path the 16th president took when he visited Norwich in March 1860, will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. starting at the Howard T. Brown Memorial Park at Norwich Harbor. The event is free and sponsored by the Emancipation Proclamation Commemoration Committee.

City Historian and committee chairman Dale Plummer will lead the one mile, one hour tour of key locations where Lincoln stopped to talk, sleep, and address residents on the issues of the day.

The event is part of Norwich’s observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which will culminate with a city-wide celebration Jan. 1.

“We will stop at the Buckingham House, the old and the new City Hall, the Wauregan Hotel and other places that the president visited,” Plummer said.

When Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect Jan. 1, 1863, Norwich Mayor James Lloyd Greene ordered a 100-cannon salute and the ringing of the city’s bells for one hour. Norwich plans to re-enact the grand event on New Year’s Day, 2013, 150 years later.

The walking tour is cosponsored by the Slater Memorial Museum, the Norwich Lions Club and the Emancipation Proclamation Commemoration Committee.

Slater Memorial Museum at the Norwich Free Academy opened two exhibits highlighting the freeing of the slaves and the relationship between Norwich, the Civil War, and Abraham Lincoln.

Both exhibits run from Wednesday through Nov. 30. For information on the exhibits, go to www.slatermuseum.org.

For information on the Emancipation Proclamation celebration, go to www.norwichfreedombell.com or call the city historian’s office at (860) 859-5349.

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