Connecticut Treasures, formerly a part of the People’s Choice program, features the wealth and diversity of buildings from each of the eight Connecticut counties. The public is invited every year to vote for a favorite building for this state-wide award.
2022 Connecticut Treasures Winner
Yantic Fire Engine Company, New London County
Located in the western-most section in the Town of Norwich, the Yantic Fire Engine Co. was established in 1847 to protect the now vacant Yantic Woolen Mill and surrounding Yantic village. With time our service area grew to include the areas and villages of Bean Hill, Plain Hill, and the original settlement of the town - Norwichtown. In modern times we provide mutual aid and F.A.S.T. coverage to the other Norwich departments as well as departments in the towns of Franklin, Bozrah, Baltic, and beyond. Besides fire, our services include first-response care to medical calls for service, as well as technical rescue for motor vehicle accidents, confined space & high angle situations, and a coordinated response with other Norwich departments for water search & rescue. We operate at the Hazardous Materials - Operational level, utilizing mutual aid for any higher-level Hazardous Materials incidents.
Our firehouse is one of the oldest in the state, as well as in the country. Since our inception in 1847 we have remained in the same location, and after a fire in 1907 the firehouse was rebuilt to what it is now - with some changes over the years of course! We own not only the firehouse itself, but a 5-acre field which overlooks the river. Before the pandemic, we rented both the field and our hall above the engine bay to the public for numerous functions, most notably the annual Norwich Duck Races, and Bid's Tavern's annual reunion.
697 members of the public voted for the 2022 Connecticut Treasures Award. Below is the breakdown of the vote: