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Protect our Hist. NT Burying Ground

$4,809 of $7,250 goal

Raised by 70 people in 4 months
Created August 29, 2018
Please help the Norwich Historical Society and area residents PROTECT our Historic Norwichtown Burying Grounds!

Tucked away in the Norwichtown Historic District, the old Norwichtown Burying Ground was established in 1699 and is arguably one of the most significant historic resources in Norwich, Connecticut.  Founded by English settlers in 1659 on land purchased from Sachem Uncas of the Mohegan tribe, the town was originally built up around the Norwichtown Green, at the center of the Norwichtown Historic District.  The Norwichtown Historic District is also a very significant historic resource, containing well preserved architecture from the 17th & 18th Centuries, on up through the 20th Century.  

While burials in the Historic Norwichtown Burying Grounds cover the late 17th century through the 19th century, let's not forget there are many notable figures in these grounds who played key roles in the formation of this country during the Colonial Period and Revolution.  Samuel Huntington, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation - later a Governor of Connecticut - is perhaps one of the more prominent figures of this period.  Another is Diah Manning who served as a Drum Major in the Revolutionary War, and was a handpicked bodyguard of George Washington at Valley Forge.  Other notables of the period include Hannah Waterman King Arnold and Captain Benedict Arnold, who are the parents of Benedict Arnold, one of this country's most controversial, treasonous figures.  The gravestones for Hannah and for her children (Absalom, Mary and Elizabeth) are still intact.  However, the gravestones for Captain Benedict (Hannah's husband), and infant Benedict (a sibling of the turncoat Benedict who died before he was born) are missing.  Following the discovery of Benedict Arnold’s treason in 1780: allegedly, angry citizens descended on the cemetery and removed the graves named “Benedict Arnold.”

The Norwich Historical Society’s mission is to preserve, protect, and promote the rich history of Norwich, Connecticut.  Please help us PROTECT our Historic Norwichtown Burying Grounds!  The Norwich Historical Society, a 501(c)(3), has partnered with area residents and other area heritage groups for this crucial effort.  Your donations will give us the funding to professionally advocate for the Norwichtown Burying Ground, preserve, and promote not just the Norwichtown Burying Ground, but our rich historic and cultural assets in the Norwichtown Historic District.  To carry out this mission, funds raised from this campaign may cover a range of legal expenses, professional fees, studies, surveys, media campaigns, and event programming.

This campaign is managed by Norwich Historical Society Board Members and area residents.
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Update 8
Posted by Eric Beit
2 months ago
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As we continue our work to PROTECT, promote, and preserve the old Burying Ground, those of us connected with the Norwich Historical Society would like to share this article about the presentation on Heritage Tourism which was held in City Council Chambers in Norwich City Hall on Monday, November 5th, 2018. There are many unique and smart ways in which this great city may protect and preserve her great bounty of cultural, historical, and natural sites and treasures while first and foremost PROMOTING them to both residents and tourists alike. These efforts should be part of the city's larger economic development plan, and marketed as such. All of the raw ingredients are here, right now, in our Norwich, Connecticut, we just need some coordination; the potential is so very exciting!

https://www.theday.com/local-news/20181105/norwich-should-take-advantage-of-tourism-potential-consultant-says
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Update 7
Posted by Eric Beit
3 months ago
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Unfortunately, the special permit for the drive-through window of the proposed fast food development in front of the Norwichtown Burying Ground has been approved with fewer restrictions than one would hope. Nonetheless, we will continue to be vocal as we work to PROTECT, promote, and preserve the old Burying Ground. We must all see that the developer is held accountable to the City on the agreed upon conditions of developing this sensitive property, including an archaeological survey and a physical and visual buffer. Please help support our ongoing work, and help spread the word and your opinions!

http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/20181016/commission-approves-norwichtown-drive-thru
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Update 6
Posted by Eric Beit
3 months ago
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Please read the op-ed in today's Norwich Bulletin by NHS President Bill Champagne! Remember, the Commission on the City Plan votes tonight in City Hall Room 335 at 7 pm on the special use permit for the drive-through window of the proposed development at 61-65 Town Street. No matter the outcome of tonight's meeting, our work is far from over to PROTECT and promote the Burying Ground, as well as our other historical assets in our beautiful historic Norwichtown.

http://www.norwichbulletin.com/opinion/20181016/op-ed-commission-should-do-whats-best-for-norwich
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