Norwich, Vermont

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Norwich is a town in Windsor County, Vermont, United States, located along the Connecticut River opposite Hanover, New Hampshire. The population was 3,544 at the 2000 census.

The town was named after Norwich, Connecticut, the state from which the first settlers originated. In the original charter, the name was spelled "Norwhich", but the additional 'h' was dropped shortly after the town was chartered.[3] Originally pronounced Norritch (similar to the English pronunciation of the city of Norwich) the town name has in more recent times become more commonly pronounced Nor-wich. Norwich University was located here originally. It moved to Northfield in 1866 after a fire devastated the campus.[4]



Norwich lies on the western bank of the Connecticut River, which forms Vermont’s boundary with New Hampshire, opposite its companion town, Hanover, New Hampshire. The Ledyard Bridge connects the two towns. The Vermont towns bordering Norwich are: Thetford to the north, Sharon to the west, and Hartford to the south.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.8 square miles (116 km2), of which, 44.7 square miles (116 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.31%) is water. The Ompompanoosuc River flows into the Connecticut River in the northeastern part of the town.[5]

The landscape is hilly and wooded. The elevation of the town is 531 feet (162 m). The hills in the town include the 1,700-foot (520 m) Griggs Mountain in the southwestern section and the 1,853-foot (565 m) Gile Mountain in the northwestern section.

Major transportation routes, which run in parallel through the Connecticut River valley, include Interstate 91, U.S. Highway 5 and the former Boston and Maine Railroad right of way, now owned by the State of Vermont.[6]

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