Free walking tours offered in Norwich

Norwich – The Norwich Historical Society will host six free historic walking tours on the second Saturdays of the month starting April 12 with author Tricia Staley’s walk to showcase home of 19th century millionaires.

Staley, author of “Norwich in the Gilded Age: The Rose City’s Millionaires,” will lead a 1 p.m. walk starting at the south end of Chelsea Parade for a walk titled “The Millionaires’ Mile.”

During the 1-mile walking tour, Staley will describe the families who lived in the mansions along Washington Street and Broadway in the 19th century when Norwich was a wealthy manufacturing center. Staley’s extensive research has uncovered forgotten scandals such as the Blackstone baby kidnapping and the bank cashiers’ who embezzled thousands of dollars from wealthy residents, as well as the drama of fortunes made and lost.

The Historical Society is planning six second Saturday walks this year. Future walks include exploring the lives of the rich and famous of the Yantic Cemetery, the history and remains of an authentic Mohegan Tribe chamber, the legend of Uncas Leap, the history of the mill town of Greeneville, architecture of 18th century Norwichtown and the jaunts of Norwich native Benedict Arnold.

“We really want to get people to come out and walk in the fresh air after this long winter and, at the same time, learn interesting things about the rich history of Norwich,” said Dianne Brown, Secretary of the society. “We are hoping that these walks will become something that people look forward to each month.”

The second Saturday walking tours are free and open to the public. Visit or the society’s Facebook page for updated information on these and future events.

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