Slater Museum/Converse Gallery, part of Norwich Free Academy - adm/docent
(Closed for renovations through August)
Leffingwell Inn Museum,. adm. guided tour
Additionally in Norwich we recommend a walk through Ye Olde Burial Grounds where Samuel Huntington was laid to rest as was Benedict Arnold's mother and sister and many other founders - for historians - this is a very interesting walk and easy.
Ponemaha Mills in nearby Taftville is architecturally one of the most attractive buildings in New England, if not in the nation.
Memorials to the final battle between the CT Mohegan’s and Rhode Island Narragansetts are also in the area as is the very special Mohegan Museum (in nearby Uncasville).
New London Attractions:
The New London Customs House, a Robert Mills design,
Lyman Allyn Art Museum, near CT College
The Coast Guard Academy Museum,, no charge
The Shaw Perkins Museum, built by Capt Perkins, very interesting
Hemstead Houses, only two wooden structures that survived the burning of New London Sept 6th 1781 during the attack by the British on Groton & New London and Bendict Arnold's betrayal. Admission $4.00 includes tour.
Fort Trumbull - a walk through history.
Fort Griswold (free)
The Submarine Memorial and Nautilus Museum.(free admission)
Mystic and Mystic Village Attractions:
The Seaport is the Museum of America and the Sea and one must spend a minimum of three-four hours here. Admission is $17.00 for groups of ten or more.
Mystic Aquarium and Institute of Explorations and Critter Cam, a National Geographic production - group admission is currently $19.00 and another three - four hours.
Mystic Village with several coffee shops and a total of 62 stores, each looks like someone's private home. Seafood lovers will enjoy "Go Fish".
Mashantucket/Peuqot Museum, a Smithsonian quality museum that depicts the lives and traditions of the Pequot nations - completely worthy of a four- six hour visit and group admission is $13.00.
Stonington Village Attractions:
Light House Museum. Combine this admission with a visit to the Capt Palmer House and you can spend two - three very interesting hours for a per person group admission of $8.00.
Prudence Crandall House and Museum (State Heroin - Nathan Hale is our State Hero and his School house is part of our New London program
Putnam is referred to as the antiquing capital of Ct, if not all of New England - a charming town - some 32 miles from Norwich.
Changing directions we can take you to Haddam and Gillette Castle - then a delightful cruise on the CT River to Essex where you can board a steam train for a 90 minute ride and return to town for a water front lunch or early dinner.
General Information on CT History and attractions-
Our part of CT and New England in general offers much of the finest in American inventions, insurance - telephone and telegraph - , medicine - woodworks - clocks - cloth-military academies, Coast Guard in New London and the Groton Submarine Base where all the future submariners qualify for the Silent Service - Native American History - the Golden Age of inventions - shipping - trade - whaling - sailing, in short our region has it all and we are most eager to show and to share it! Our State Capital of Hartford is home to the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut (hidden in our Charter Oak) that developed into our Constitution, every architectural style is represented in our public and private buildings- the arts - Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Mark Twain House - some of the finest educational institutions in the Nation are found in CT - Yale being one - the Weslyan another - CT College - they are all here and waiting for our visitors to come and see. We are so centrally located that you can even explore Newport Rhode Island, the Berkshires and Boston, Mass from Norwich.
When it comes to after dark activities, we have two of the largest casinos in the world right here in our area, Mohegan sun two miles form the Holiday Inn and Foxwoods ten miles away. In short, there is something here for everyone.
While pricing out your trips to our region I can mention that our step on guide service is $65.00 per hour and our guides give a very good and in-depth tour of the area as well as the history of our region. There is a great choice of places to eat - from high to low - Asian to European and local American - something for every taste and pocket book.
Transportation for Tours:
We arrange incoming tours for 4-40 participants. For groups with their own buses our step on guides come onboard to conduct tours from 3-8 hours. If arrivals do not have transportation we can provide vans or busses for 4-55 visitors with driver and step on guide Rates will vary depending on number of participants.
Step on Guide Service Fee:
$65 per hour
Day Trips we recommend:
#1 Scenic CT
P/U in Norwich, I-395 to Essex for a morning ride on the Steam train, connecting to the Riverboat. After the Riverboat, return to Norwich via the Hadlyme Ferry and a stop at Gillette’s castle for a tour and some free time.
#2 Colonial Norwich
P/U in Norwich. Orientation drive along Upper Washington St., with a stop at The Norwichtown Green for an overview of Norwich and it’s place in Colonial History. Walk through the Old Burying Ground, with stops at appropriate graves such as Rochambeau’s troops, Arnold’s mom, and Huntington’s Tomb.
Finish with a tour of Leffingwell House.
#3 Native American History
P/U in Norwich, orientation drive of area, with mention of East Great Plain Battlefield, Miantonomo Monument, and Uncas leap. Stop at Royal Burial Ground. Visit Ft. Shantok, the Mohegan Museum, and complete the day with a tour of the Pequot Museum.
#4 Newport Mansions
P/U in Norwich, travel Rt. 138 to Newport. Visit choice of two mansions, with lunch in between.
#5 Winery Tour
P/U in Norwich, drive north to Sharpe Hill Vineyards for wine tasting. Return along Rt. 169 to Heritage Trail Vineyards for a light lunch and wine tasting.
#6 Lighthouse Tour
P/U in Norwich, transport to Avery Point for Project Oceanology Lighthouse tour. Optional lunch at Abbott’s before returning to Norwich.
P/U in Norwich, drive to Hartford to tour a choice of the Old Statehouse, Wadsworth Atheneum,
Mark Twain House, and Harriet Beecher Stowe House.
#8 Southeast CT in the American Revolution
P/U in Norwich, drive North to Lebanon, tour Trumbull House and War Museum
Return south to Ft. Griswold for a tour, and then Ft. Trumbull as interest and time
allows. Return to Norwich, view Arnold plaque, stop at Norwichtown Green,
then visit Old Burying Grounds with stops at Rochambeau’s soldiers’ grave, Arnold’s mom, and Huntington Tomb.
#9 Overview of Norwich
P/U in Norwich, orientation drive of Upper Washington St. area. Stop at Norwichtown Green and Old Burying ground. Visit Slater Museum and Converse Art Gallery. Tour St. Patrick’s Cathedral, then a short drive to Taftville to view Ponemah Mills.
#10 Military History of the Region
P/U in Norwich. Mention of Lebanon and war museum. Drive south to Coast Guard Academy, Tour as allowed, then Ft. Trumbull and Ft. Griswold with emphasis on Revolution. View EB and Submarine Base, then stop at USS Nautilus for tour.
#11 The Golden Age
P/U in Norwich, Tour Upper Washington St., the Chelsea Parade. Explain history of NFA and Role of Norwich in the Industrial Revolution. Arms manufacturers, textiles, etc. Tour Slater Museum. Visit the Rose garden in season, then view Ponemah Mills. South to Waterford/Groton to visit Avery Point, The Shaw Mansion, or Harkness Memorial as time and interest allows.
#12 Mystic – Maritime heritage - Half or Full day
P/U in Norwich, south to Mystic area. View downtown Mystic and Stonington Borough. Options of either visiting Mystic Aquarium or Mystic seaport on half day tour, or Mystic seaport and Mystic Aquarium on full day tour. Shopping time as interests allow.
#13 Full day to southern VT
P/U in Norwich. North along I-91 through Hartford to MA. Stop at Yankee Candle, then follow I-91 to Brattleboro, then west along Molly Stark Trail to Bennington and the Battle Monument. Return via the Berkshires on Rt. 7, with stops at covered bridges in CT. Early evening return.