Nestled in the center of Upper Valley along the Connecticut River is the quintessential New England town - Norwich, VT. It is no coincidence that this town in Vermont bears the same name as a town in Connecticut. The town was named after the hometown of the first settlers to make this area home in 1763. With a population of approximately 3,500 year-round residents, Norwich is one of the most popular places to live in the Upper Valley. While it has experienced fluctuations in population and trade industries, today Norwich is proud to be home to numerous locally owned and operated businesses and non-profits.
So why is Norwich so popular?
Offering year-round activities all within a short drive, Norwich is a popular location due to its proximity. As a Norwich resident you enjoy all the quiet of a small town with open lands, yet the convenience of being close to it all.
Cross the river and you have all the offerings of its neighbor Hanover, NH. Hanover is home to the renowned Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
Easy access to I-91 and I-89 makes traveling to nearby Burlington, VT and Concord, NH a breeze.
King Arthur Flour
Norwich is home to the headquarters of King Arthur Flour. This well-known flour and baking company offers classes for bakers of all ages. In addition to their signature and organic flours, King Arthur offers one of the best Gluten Free Flours in the industry. Stop at King Arthur Flour to explore their company store and reserve a spot for your first baking class.
Dan & Whit’s General Store
Dan & Whit’s General Store is true to its name - General Store. Whatever you are looking for, you will find it there. They are so confident they have what you need, they boast the slogan “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it.” Serving the people of the Upper Valley for over 110 years, Dan & Whit’s is a community staple offering everything from fishing tackle to tools, locally made Vermont goods and everything in between.
Norwich is proud to be the home of Montshire Museum enjoying over 150,000 visitors annually. With more than 140 indoor and outdoor exhibits, visitors to Montshire explore science in all of its facets - physical science, ecology, technology and natural science. Montshire is proud of the breadth of offerings to delight visitors. “When we say “hands-on” at the Montshire Museum of Science, we mean it. You won’t be able to keep your hands off our exhibits — more than 140 in our permanent collection alone — and that’s just how we like it. – Montshire Museum”
On a rolling 110 acres of land along the Connecticut River, Montshire offers trails with exhibits including but not limited to the Solar System and Woodland Gardens. It is fun for all ages.
Norwich has a lot to offer the outdoor enthusiast. From skiing to hiking - there is something for every season. For skiers - check out nearby Quechee Ski Area, Whaleback Mountain or Storrs Hill Ski Area. Skiing not your sport? There are lots of hiking trails to enjoy in the Upper Valley thanks to the good work of the Upper Valley Trails Alliance. For beginner hikers and walkers Appalachian Trail: Elm Street, Parcel 5 Loop, and Hazen Trail Loop are a great start. For the more advanced hiker - Mosley Hill and Blue Ribbon Trail are sure to please.