Norwichtown Historic Cemetary, Norwich

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The Norwichtown Historic District is a historic district in the Norwichtown section of the town of Norwich, Connecticut. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1973. By then, the district was already a local historic district. The National Register application was promoted by the local historic commission, in connection to its opposition to the demolition of a building in the district area. The local commission sought the listing "for the prestige and status that is sometimes found in the recognition by not only a State agency but the Federal government."
The district includes much of the original settlement area of the town. It includes the Norwichtown Green and "has irregular boundaries on the radiating streets." The district consists of two parts: one includes the Green and stretches down to the Leffingwell museum at Washington and Town Streets. A smaller, separated part includes six buildings on Harland Road and/or Harland Place.
The district's area includes 48 contributing buildings and one other contributing site.
The district is defined to exclude a large commercial mall, the Norwichtown Mall, and other non-historic areas.
Two "outstanding" buildings in the district, both located on the Norwichtown Green, are the Dr. Daniel Lathrop School and the Joseph Carpenter Silversmith Shop. The school, built in 1783, is believed to be one of the earliest brick schoolhouses still surviving in Connecticut.
There are five separately NRHP-listed buildings in the district: the Bradford-Huntington House, at 16 Huntington Lane; Joseph Carpenter Silversmith Shop, at 71 E. Town Street; the 1798 East District School, at 365 Washington Street; the Gen. Jedidiah Huntington House, at 23 E. Town Street; and Leffingwell Inn, a saltbox at 348 Washington Street, in the southeast corner of the first part of the district.
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  • I was born/raised in Norwich. I have always enjoyed a trip to this cemetery to slowly walk through the rows of ancient stones and read the inscriptions. It’s hard not to envision life back then; a...  more »
  • beautiful cemetary. many famous people are buried here. so many old grave stones cannot be read any longer. a few have been replaced but not many. nice place to visit.  more »
  • Nice place to walk, and rich in history. Next to the green nice little spot to walk.

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