Mohegan Heritage Center at Uncas Leap
Uncas Leap, also known as Indian Leap or Yantic Falls, is located at 196-200 Yantic Street in Norwich. Acquired by the City of Norwich in 2010, the area has historical significance to the community and has remained a sacred part of Mohegan Tribe history since 1643. The 1.2-acre landmark along the Yantic River is the site of the culmination of the Battle of Great Plains between the Mohegan and Narragansett Tribes. The site boasts an nineteenth century mill ruin, an incredible gorge and a breathtaking waterfall.
Currently, the site is open year round and is in the process of being developed as a park intended to commemorate the culmination of the Battle of Great Plains, a significant Native American battle. Additionally, the site is being developed to emphasize the Mohegan Tribe’s significant heritage and the manufacturing history of the site. The property is owned by the City of Norwich and is the perfect place for the “off the beaten path” adventurer to visit.
At the site, visitors can connect to the Heritage Trail and the Uncas Leap Trail, which is a part of the Walk Norwich Trail system. The Heritage Trail is a 2.8-mile roundtrip trail along the Yantic River connecting historic downtown Norwich, CT to Uncas Leap. Parts of the site offering views of the water are wheelchair accessible. Some parts of the trail include a steep incline, which may be challenging for some visitors. The Uncas Leap Trail features the Native Mohegan Tribe’s rich history in southeastern Connecticut, including a legendary battle with the Narragansett Tribe, the tribe’s friendly relationship with Norwich’s early settlers (which close relationship exists today), and key sacred sites. The flat trail is roughly 1 mile round trip and visitors can walk on the sidewalk to connect with the historic sites along the Uncas Leap Trail.
For more information about the Walk Norwich Trails, please visit www.walknorwich.org
Photo Slideshow of miscellaneous pictures taken at Uncas Leap