Norwich Freedom Trail

 4/25/2024 @ 12:00 pm

During the nineteenth century, the city of Norwich was home to a vibrant abolitionist movement. Residents such as David Ruggles played an active role in the Underground Railroad and the Harris sisters attended Prudence Crandall’s controversial “Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color” school in Canterbury. On this tour, you’ll hear incredible stories about colonial era blacksmith, Guy Drock, who earned his freedom and freedom seeker, shoemaker, minister and author, James L. Smith. Please join us as we explore the rich history of the Jail Hill National Register Historic District.
This special tour is apart of Otis Library’s Harris Sisters Month and will be co-led by the Norwich Historical Society and the Norwich Branch NAACP. Please note this walk takes place along the sidewalk in Downtown Norwich. We go up Church Street from City Hall which has a steep hill. Most of the walk is relatively flat on the sidewalk; we cross Water Street to get to the Market Street Garage.
Begin: City Hall, David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard, 100 Broadway, Norwich, CT
Parking – City Hall Garage
1.5 hours. 1.5 miles. Hosted by Otis Library, Norwich NAACP Branch & the Norwich Historical Society.


Type of Event



100 Broadway Norwich, CT 06360

Additional Info

Moderate, Restrooms Nearby, No Dogs. Please meet in front of Norwich City Hall in the David Ruggles Freedom Bell Courtyard.

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