Sunday, February 16, 2014

Buckingham Memorial

Norwich, CT

I'm not a native to Connecticut, so I'm constantly learning about the history of the state.  On my photo walks, I'll photograph sites, buildings and other things that I find interesting.  I'll then try to find out something about these photos to share with my readers here.  Many times in my research,  I'll come across some fascinating facts, and I'll find other historic sites that I file away for a future photo walk.  I had often wondered about the building being guarded by this canon on my trips through Norwich.  A quick search via Google turned up a wealth of information. The building is pictured below and currently houses a number of city offices, and is also home to the Norwich Historical Society.

At one time, this was the home of William Alfred Buckingham who served many terms as mayor of Norwich, was the governor of Connecticut from 1858-1866 and was a US Senator from 1869 until his death in 1875.  The house was later purchased by the Sedgewick Post No 1 of the G.A.R

You can read a much more thorough history of this building at the excellent blog, The Distracted Wanderer written by Linda, who knows a lot more about Norwich history than I do.  There you'll find some additional pictures, as well as many other places within Norwich that I'll need to visit on future photo walks.  


  1. I am also not originally from Connecticut. (I'm from outside Boston.) I ran into Governor Buckingham in my visits to the State Capitol. Here is a link to my post about the Governor:

  2. Thank you for the link, Jack. Lovely pictures you have there of the Governor. I'll have to visit the state capitol one of these days.