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About Norwich, Vermont

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Windsor County
Chartered: July 4, 1761 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 28,713 Acres = 44.86 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 65* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 43' W 72°18'
Altitude: 531 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 3,414 [ Population Rank: 46* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 76.1 [ Density Rank: 55* ]
Full Census Info: Town
  County  State

*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Norwich's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

Originally spelled Norwhich in the charter, but the extra h was not retained long.

It is often said that the town was named for Alexander Gordon, Earl of Norwich. Cannot be, for there was no Earl of Norwich at the time the grant was made, the title having lapsed a hundred years earlier and not recreated for Gordon until 1784.

Rather, for Norwich, Connecticut (in turn for Norwich, England). The grantees of this Norwich were all from Connecticut. They had petitioned Benning Wentworth for four towns in Coos County, New Hampshire. Instead they got Norwich and Hartford, Vermont and Hanover and Lebanon, New Hampshire. All four towns were named for the grantees' parent towns, the first proprietors' meetings were held in Connecticut, and, until the 1790's, all settlers came from those towns.

Norwich University was originally located here, later moved to Northfield.

Material excerpted or adapted from Esther Munroe Swift's
Vermont Place-Names: Footprints of History
with the author's permission

Activities & Points of Interest

Goings-on in and near Norwich
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.

Norwich Historical Society

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Hanover, NH) 603-650-5000
Town Clerk:  Bonnie Munday PO Box 376 Norwich, VT 05055
 M-F 8:30-4:30

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

Episcopal : St. Barnabas 802-649-1923
Roman Catholic : St. Francis of Assisi
Unitarian Universalist : Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley 802-649-8828
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
United Methodist : Union Village UMC 802-649-1365


School Administrative Unit #70 603-643-3073
Marion W. Cross School 802-649-1703

Neighboring Towns

This is a basic geographic reference, intended to show relative location of adjacent towns. Directional accuracy is limited to 16 compass points. There isn't even the slightest suggestion that one can necessarily travel directly from one town to the next (as in "You can't get there from here").

Strafford Thetford
Sharon New Hampshire

Businesses & Services

Green Mountain Railroad


Notes about utilities:

  • One electric or phone company indicates that company serves the entire town. More than one of either indicates each serves different areas of town.
  • A listed cable company MIGHT mean the entire town is covered, but not necessarily. More than one listed indicates each serves different areas of town.
  • Unless your area is one served by Vermont's only gas utility, your only option is bottled gas (any dealer).
    Cable Comcast 800-266-2278
    Electric Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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