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NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) The Rose of New England; Norwich sits at the confluence of three rivers: The Yantic, Shetucket, and Thames Rivers meet at the city s harbor.

This land belonged to the Mohegan Sachem Uncas, who were at war with the Narragansetts in the 1640s. The Norwich settlers brought food and provisions to the Mohegans during a siege.

In appreciation of that aide, Uncas deeded the nine mile square to the Norwich settlers.

Primarily a farming town, the first green was at Norwichtown. As the town evolved into a maritime industry, the new center was established at Chelsea Parade.

Benedict Arnold is known as Norwich s infamous native son.

More than 200 years after defecting to the British in the Revolutionary War, Norwich is still divided on the traitor.

If Salem, Mass.

can promote their turbulent history with the Salem Witch trials, why can t we promote a traitor, and use it as a tourist draw?

Norwich has an indirect tie to the freedom of slaves. David Ruggles was an early abolitionist, who led more than 600 slaves to freedom, including his protege Frederick Douglas. The David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard at City Hall is synonymous with peace and equality; the Emancipation Proclamation is engraved there for all to see.

I worked in Philadelphia a lifetime ago, I know a good cheesesteak; at least I thought I did.

At Shem Adams s restaurant Philly s, you d think you were in Philadelphia.

High quality steak, each cooked to order. Cheese slices, or whiz, you can t lose! Shem treats his customers like Phamily.

The people here, just embrace me, they treat me like one of their own, they treat me like I was born here.

When people ask me where I m from, sometimes I say Norwich, he said.

Norwich s Ponemah Mills was one of the nation s largest textile mills. Built in the mid 1800s, it was abandoned in the 1980s. That s about to change, work is underway to convert the mill into a 340 until apartment complex.

The goal is to develop into a major housing project in the end of the community.

You can get a better sense of the goal from the top floor.

Bob is confident residents will be able to move in by 2018.

Really save an old ancient mill building is what we re trying to do.

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