Norwich in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
During the 18th century, Christopher Leffingwell, a prominent industrialist, inherited the Inn. His five mills helped Connecticut be self-sufficient during the Revolution. Christopher was an invaluable supplier of provisions for the Patriots. In 1776, General Washington visited the Inn to secure supplies.
Originally at the corner of Washington Street and Harland Road, the Inn was marked for demolition in 1957 to make way for relocation of state highways 2 and 32. It was purchased and preserved by The Society of the Founders of Norwich and moved to its present location.
The Norwich Historical Society received support for this project from: the State Historic Preservation Office of the Department of Economic & Community Development with funds from: The Community Investment Act of the State of Connecticut; the Sachem Fund; Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors; the R.S. Gernon Trust; and the Elsie A. Brown Fund.
( descriptive plaque )
Once upon a time in Norwich…
there was a two-room building owned by the Stephen Backus Family in 1675. It later passed to Thomas Leffingwell, the son of Lt. Thomas Leffingwell, and in 1701 he was given permission to open an inn. There followed two major additions to the original building to provide space that use. Thomas’s son, Benajah, succeeded his father as an innkeeper and, in turn, Benajah's son, Christopher Leffingwell, continued in that business. Christopher Leffingwell, Norwich industrialist, entrepreneur, merchant and patriot distinguished himself for his contribution of provisions to the success of the American Revolution. Enroute to Providence during the war, General George Washington dined at the Leffingwell Inn and met with patriots from the region.
Mr. Thomas Leffingwell Pulling
of Oyster Bay New York
Location. 41° 32.686′ N, 72° 5.304′ W. Marker is in Norwich, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street and Veterans of Foreign Wars Highway (Route 2), on the right when traveling south on Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norwich CT 06360, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. East District School (about 400 feet away, Lathrop Manor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lowthorpe Meadows (approx. 0.2 miles away); Benedict Arnold (approx. 0.3 miles away); Norwichtown Green (approx. half a mile away); The Green (approx. half a mile away); Veterans Dedication Stone (approx. 0.6 miles away); Everlasting Vigilance (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norwich.
Regarding Leffingwell Inn. The Leffingwell Inn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
Also see . . .
1. Leffingwell House Museum. (Submitted on March 12, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Leffingwell Inn on Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 12, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 330 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 12, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.