Notable Tree And Monument To Margaret “Honey” Moody
After leaving City Hall, drive up Broadway to the first right (Willow Street), and at the end of that short block, take a left, on Chestnut Street. Follow 2/10 mile to a right turn onto Chestnut Avenue. The stop sign marks its junction with Franklin Street. Look to the left on the opposite side of Franklin Street to a large black-top parking lot. Park on the street or in the lot.
Next to the sidewalk in front of the large black-top lot, bordered by concrete retaining walls, is a monument to Margaret “Honey” Moody, one of six Norwich residents who perished in the March 1963 flood, caused by a rupture of the earthen dam at Spaulding Pond in Mohegan Park.
Above and to the rear of the parking lot, a nondescript maple tree still stands. Young Tony Orsini and four members of the Moody family desperately clung to that young tree until they could be rescued from the floodwaters.
Tragically, the late-Mrs. Moody, unable to get to the tree, was swept away in the raging torrent. In 2014 that tree was designated a Connecticut Notable Tree (see link below) through the advocacy of Roberta Vincent. Please note: the tree is on private property.
Here is a link to the Norwich Bulletin’s article about the 2014 monument dedication: http://www.norwichbulletin.com/article/20140726/News/140729624
Here is a link to the New London Day’s article about the 2014 monument dedication: http://www.theday.com/article/20140626/NWS01/140629793
Here is a link to Connecticut’s Notable Trees 2014 designation of the “Norwich Flood Tree”: http://oak.conncoll.edu:8080/notabletrees/ViewTreeData.jsp?selected=225578
Here is a link to the Norwich Bulletin’s original article about the 1963 flood: http://www.gendisasters.com/connecticut/18029/norwich-ct-earthen-dam-breaks-mar-1963
Here is a link to the Norwich Bulletin’s article about the 50th anniversary of the 1963 flood: http://www.norwichbulletin.com/x2082704593/Memories-of-1963-Norwich-flood-still-fresh-after-50-years
Here is a link to A Swift and Deadly Maelstrom – The Great Norwich Flood of 1963, A Survivor’s Story – by Thomas R. Moody Jr., Margaret “Honey” Moody’s oldest son, who was one of those saved by the “Norwich Flood Tree”. The book is Mr. Moody’s personal retrospective about the flood, his family, the devastation to the City of Norwich, and its aftermath: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/2/prweb10431790.htm