Norfolk’s American Connections

The innovative Heritage Lottery Funded Norfolk’s American Connections project, which was delivered by Norfolk County Council Cultural Services, 2nd Air Division Memorial Library, South Norfolk Council, The Garage and community partners between July and December 2012, celebrated Norfolk’s many shared links with North America over 400 years.

The project encouraged people to discover more about fascinating people and places, such as the 17th century Pilgrim Fathers, many of whom emigrated from Norfolk to America, 19th century migration from Norfolk to America, Abraham Lincoln’s family ties to Norfolk, Thomas Paine, the Salem Witch Trials, and the 70th anniversary of the ‘Friendly Invasion’ which saw, at any one time, around 50,000 United States 8th Army Air Force (USAAF) personnel stationed in the county. 

This website is a fantastic resource for anyone who’d like to know more about the historical links between Norfolk and North America.  You’ll find more information about people and places, as well resources which you can download for free in the ‘Things to Do’ section of the website.

If you know of any connections between Norfolk and North America that are not featured on the site, please let us know! Contact the team at the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library on or 01603 774747.

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4 Responses to Norfolk’s American Connections

  1. Scott Marroon says:

    My father was stationed in Norfolk during WWII, he served in the US Army Air Force. I’ll be coming to England in May and I wanted to visit his favourite pub. I believe it was nicknamed “the Swinging Tit” (sorry for the language). I also seem to remember it having a mermaid on the sign. Would anyone have any idea where this place could be?

  2. Mike Dack says:

    Norfolk Ancestral Connections? – Check out Norfolk Family History Society’s website.

  3. Please keep me postedby email. I have an interest in the Cushing family who emigrated from Hingham UK to Hingham Mass.

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