Norwich

Norwich, Vermont is one of those places that looks like a historical reconstruction version of an old New England settlement. You expect plainly clothed citizens to emerge from the white clapboard homes -- think Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts -- but it is, in fact, a very "au courant" community attractive to Dartmouth professors and doctors as well as free-thinking artists, writers and simply those interested in living as part of a small community.

In addition to folks who work in education and medicine, you'll find a handful of non-profit organizations as well as small-scale farmers. Located in Windsor County, this town along the Connecticut River, just a mile or so from Hanover and Dartmouth College , has a population of about 3,414. While the Village Green and the local elementary school might be considered the center of the town, the gas station and General Store that has EVERYTHING, Dan and Whit's, is arguably Norwich's best meeting place. The Norwich Inn, The Norwich Bookstore, Post Office, yoga studios, wine stores and many other small shops, as well as attorneys and doctors' offices are all within walking distance of each other.

Norwich offers small-town living on a manageable, still-human scale. Yet, just across the river are movie theaters, museums, major shopping, lectures, football and hockey games and everything an Ivy League college town has to offer.

Norwich also has several of its own recreational areas from family-friendly playgrounds and picnic areas to more off-the-beaten track hiking trails. It is handily located right off Interstate 91 near the junction with Interstate 89. For those who love to swim, a major aquatic center is just down the interstate and is the center for a regional swim team as well as masters classes. Lebanon Municipal Airport serves Boston Logan as does the convenient Dartmouth Coach luxury bus service to both Boston and New York City. Some of the most influential people in the country choose to quietly and discreetly live in Norwich or own second homes that serve as welcome refuges from their busy globally-involved lives.

One of Norwich's most notable and successful employers is King Arthur Flour which serves as a national destination for bakers. It also serves as a local watering hole for excellent bread, sandwiches, coffee and cakes. Within its footprint is also one of the studios belonging to Vermont Public Radio where many news reports and commentaries are produced. Interestingly, Norwich is one of the few communities that shares a school system with another state. While young children go to public schools including Marion Cross Elementary in Norwich, once they get to high school age they attend Hanover, New Hampshire High School.

Norwich was named after Norwich, Connecticut from whence many of its first residents came in the late 1700's. Its Congregational Church was established in 1770.