Norwich, Connecticut: Miantonomo Monument

Miantonomo successfully leapt Yantic Falls, but was captured and killed by a tomahawk to the head. The monument, nestled between suburban homes, has marked his grave since 1841.

28 Elijah St., Norwich, CT
From downtown Norwich drive north on Hwy 12 for two miles. When you start driving through a century, look to the right for the green highway Miantonomo Monument sign. Turn right onto Elijah St. The monument will be on the left, in a grove of trees; look again for the green Miantonomo Monument sign.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Miantonomo Monument

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Indian Leap at Yantic Falls

During a battle between Native Americans, the Narragansetts ran from the charging Mohegans. Some fled along their familiar route while others, unfamiliar with the territory, unknowingly reached the high, treacherous cliffs of Yantic Falls. Rather than surrender to the Mohegans, Miantonomo leapt across the gorge and managed to land on the other side. Others of his tribe attempted to leap the chasm but were unsuccessful and plunged to their death onto the rocks in the abyss below.

[Tristan Gioia, 12/23/2017]

Miantonomo made the leap, but broke a leg and was captured. He was killed by a tomahawk to the head on Sept. 28, 1643. The Miantonomo Monument (an engraved stone block) supposedly marks his grave, and was dedicated on July 4, 1841.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Snoopy RockSnoopy Rock, Preston, CT - 3 mi.
Muffler Man Cowboy: Big BobMuffler Man Cowboy: Big Bob, Norwich, CT - 3 mi.
Mohegan Sun Walk of FameMohegan Sun Walk of Fame, Uncasville, CT - 4 mi.
In the region:
Wall O' Washingtons, Worcester, MA - 51 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Connecticut Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Cosmosphere, Hutchinson, Kansas (Jun 14-20, 2021)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now