Norwich Corner Marker

Norwich Corner Marker

Plaque sponsored by the Mohegan Tribe

Located off route 12, Plainfield

When the town of Norwich was founded in 1659, the boundary markers for the land were commonly referred to as the “Nine Miles Square.” According to Daniel Phillips’ History of Griswold, in 1916 the Anne Brewster Fanning Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution took it upon themselves to identify and restore the ancient Norwich N.E. corner marker located in Griswold/Plainfield. In 1734, ancient records indicated, a tall stone post was set to replace a pile of stones which earlier surveys had identified as the N.E. boundary of Norwich. Years passed, the old stone marker was left leaning over after many years of neglect. Using old town records, the ancient boundary marker was relocated. A careful comparison of the location of this stone post with the original records, revealed the unquestionable identifying marks set down both in the renewal of the bounds in 1685 and in Avery’s survey of 1734. Following restoration and relettering, the marker was permanently reset in concrete. On this site in May of 1917, members of the Anne Brewster Fanning Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held a ceremony attended by about 100 people.

In May of this year, I talked to Erwin Goldstein, president of the Griswold Historical Society, and asked if he knew where the Norwich boundary marker was located. He said that he had seen it about 25 years ago and perhaps, with some hunting around, maybe the two of us could relocate it. We drove out of Jewett City together. We parked and followed a set of railroad tracks off Route 12 in Plainfield for quite a distance. We then cut off into a heavily wooded area. I expected the old stone post, if it still existed would be lying on the ground under the leaves after all these years. But, after searching for about 20 minutes, there it was, still standing, with the old inscription easily readable. For a couple of old historians, finding this old piece of history really made our day.

The inscription reads:

YE
ANCIENT
NORWICH
N.E. CORNER
BOUND.
1659-1917
D.A.R