Hop across the river from Hanover, NH and you’ll land in Norwich, Vermont. Norwich is a beautiful town that rests towards the center of the Upper Valley along the Connecticut River. Just south of Thetford, Norwich is truly a quintessential New England town.
Home to approximately 3,500 people, Norwich is a popular place to live in the Upper Valley. It’s close to Dartmouth College and DHMC as well as shopping and other amenities in Lebanon and the surrounding area. The Montshire Museum is one of the town’s most well known attractions. Norwich offers its residents and visitors a diverse array of things to do and explore.
The Town of Norwich, Vermont
History of Norwich
The town was named after the hometown of the first settlers, who came from Norwich, Connecticut. Originally named “Norwhich” when it was chartered in 1761 by New Hampshire’s Governor Wentworth, Norwich lost the first h soon thereafter.
The first settlers reached Norwich in 1763. The earliest of settlements were established on the banks of the Ompompanoosuc River, where it joins with the Connecticut River. It wasn’t until several years later that the settlement expanded and moved to what today is the town center, the first town meeting was held in 1768. One of the most recognized buildings in town is the Congressional Church, which was founded in 1770 and constructed in 1787.
Norwich University, now located in Northfield, Vermont, was founded in Norwich, Vermont in 1819 as the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy. Norwich University is the Military college of Vermont and is the oldest private military college in the country. The university is open to a mix of students including not only Cadets, but civilian students as well. Norwich University experienced a fire in 1866, which lead to the college being moved to Northfield.
Over the years Norwich has experienced fluctuation of population and trade industries. Today it is home to many locally owned and operated businesses as well as several nonprofit organization.
A small, classic New England town with all the charm. A quick stroll around the Norwich green will show you what the whole town is about.
You may also want to head over to King Arthur Flour, which is headquartered in Norwich, Vermont. The famous flour and baking company has a wonderful store and offers classes for bakers of all ages and experience. Stop over to the King Arthur Flour website to find out what classes are offered and to reserve your spot.
Norwich Farmers Market
Aside from other activities on the hiking trails and rivers, Norwich has a great farmers market that is open practically year round. You’ll find fresh, locally grown produce as well as eggs and meats, baked goods, art work and hand crafted goods.
The Norwich Farmers Market is made up of more than 100 local vendors, all of which are from one of the four surrounding counties. Vendors come from either Orange or Windsor Counties in Vermont or Grafton or Sullivan Counties in New Hampshire. All goods are grown or made locally, some picked as fresh as the morning of the farmers market! For more information, times and locations, visit the Norwich Farmers Market website here.
Dan & Whit’s General Store
If you’re looking for something, you can find it at Dan & Whit’s General Store – and that’s no joke! Their slogan is “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it”. Dan & Whit’s has carved its way into the hearts of all those who live in the Upper Valley. The store has been serving the community for more than 110 years and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
Dan & Whit’s is much larger inside than it appears from the outside. They literally have everything you need – from fishing tackle to mittens, groceries, tools and hardware supplies and everything in between. If you need a fix of Vermont made goods, Dan & Whit’s General Store also offers a wide variety of that too. Dan & Whit’s is so well know, they have their own line of gear, stop in and see for yourself!
Residents and visitors enjoy visiting the multiple, and continually changing exhibits at the Montshire Museum. There are more than 100 indoor and outdoor exhibits at any one time, hiking trails (snowshoeing in the winter) and special events and shows that you wont want to miss out on.
Living in Norwich, VT
Norwich isn’t just a fun place to visit, it is a great place to live!
Grade school and high school students attend public school through the interstate Dresden School District. The district, also known as SAU70, is comprised of two elementary schools, the Marion Cross Elementary School in Norwich, and Bernice A. Ray Elementary School in Hanover, New Hampshire. The only high school in the Dresden School District is Hanover High School.
Commuting is made easy from Norwich to where ever you need to go. Interstate I-91 runs right along side of the Connecticut River and makes easy access for those heading north or south. I-89 is just a few exits down, which will bring you towards Burlington, VT or Concord, NH.
The ride to Dartmouth College or Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center is also very easy. Pass over the Connecticut River by way of the Ledyard Bridge (yes, the one with the balls on it!) and you’re in Hanover, New Hampshire. From there you’ll pass the College on the way to the Hospital.
Known for its prestigious way of life, Norwich offers beautiful homes and estates on acreages of land as well as luxury condos and town homes. If you’re interested in building your dream home, Norwich is the perfect place to begin your search for land. The median home value in Norwich tends to be higher than those of other Upper Valley towns, but once you see these beautiful homes, town homes, condominiums and real estate, you’ll know why.