The wait is finally over! The Norwich Historical Society’s Walktober Virtual Experiences are now live on the Last Green Valley’s website and the Last Green Valley’s Youtube Channel. The Norwich Historical Society will be linking the virtual content to our social media pages and our website as well.

With the assistance of The Last Green Valley, the Norwich Historical Society was able to create nine virtual experiences for residents and visitors of the Greater Norwich area to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. The Norwich Historical Society would like to give a special thank you to the Last Green Valley for filming and editing the videos. Additionally, thank you to Chelsea Groton Bank for sponsoring Norwich’s Virtual Walktober tours. Many thanks to our volunteer tour guides who spent time preparing for and filming their tours; we know giving in person tours is much easier!

The Norwich Walktober virtual experiences cover a wide range of topics from spooky tales and ghostly legends, just in time for Halloween, to the tragic yet inspirational story of Norwich self-taught artist, Ellis Ruley. Other tours include exploring Norwich’s historic cemeteries and burying grounds such as the Colonial Norwichtown Burying Ground and the historic Yantic Cemetery. Our virtual experiences include many of our popular tours such as: Ye Antient Burial Grounds of Norwich, The Norwich Freedom Trail, Off-Kilter Tales of Norwichtown, Ellis Walter Ruley: Norwich Artist, Bohemian Norwichtown, Spaulding Pond Dam Flood, Norwich Millionaires’ Triangle, Notables of Yantic Cemetery, and the Antient Ghosts of Norwich.

Further, many of the virtual experiences are based off of the Walk Norwich Trail system. You can enjoy a virtual look at the Norwich Freedom Trail and Norwich Millionaires’ Triangle, but if you’d like to learn more about the trails or take a self-guided tour, you can visit or pick up a self-guided trail brochure at the outdoor information box outside at the Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitors’ Center located at 69 E. Town St.

Earlier in May, the Norwich Historical Society made the difficult decision to cancel the organization’s remaining programs for the 2020 calendar year and to focus on creating virtual experiences for our members and supporters. We know that this came as an enormous disappointment to the Greater Norwich area community. This was not a decision we took lightly, but it was made with the safety of our volunteers and event participants in mind.

The Norwich Historical Society wishes to thank our members, friends, and volunteers for their ongoing support throughout this difficult time. Although 2020 has not been what anyone anticipated, the Norwich Historical Society will continue to work diligently to bring our members and supporters the unique events they love, albeit on a virtual platform. Please check out our website at and like us on Facebook to see our updated virtual content. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy and we look forward to hopefully seeing everyone at a future program in 2021.

Historically Speaking, which appears on Mondays, presents short historical stories. Regan Miner is the executive director of the Norwich Historical Society.