$500,000 for Uncas Leap Heritage Center

November 15, 2016

State Representative Emmett Riley announced Tuesday that the State Bond Commission approved a $500,000 state grant to assist with the development of the Uncas Leap Heritage Center.

“Uncas Leap is one of Norwich’s natural treasures, and this funding will help the center become a Connecticut treasure as well,” Riley said. “I’m grateful that our governor, state officials and my legislative colleagues saw fit to support this worthy project, which will also create jobs. Many people have been working a long time to improve this resource, protect and share it for future generations.”

Located along a gorge carved out by the Yantic River, Uncas Leap is a natural resource with a cultural legacy. The neighborhood surrounding the falls, built to capitalize on the power of the Yantic River, is also an important part of the city's industrial heritage. Norwich agencies, the Mohegan Tribe, and numerous stakeholder groups have been working together to improve the Uncas Leap Heritage area.

The Uncas Leap Heritage Area, also known as Indian Leap or Yantic Falls, has been considered a sacred place in the history of the Mohegan Tribe.

For more, read this Norwich Bulletin article.