Continuing my walk through the village located next to the banks of the Yantic River - whereas the old Hale Mill is the biggest structure in the Village of Yantic and the post office is cute and easily accessible, the most important structure is that which belongs to the Yantic Volunteer Fire Company.
Captain Erastus Williams may have founded Yantic but it was his son, Winslow Tracy Williams, who really fine-tuned the village and that includes developing the Yantic Fire Company.
Established by an Act of the Connecticut General Assembly on July 14th, 1847, Yantic Fire Engine Company No. 1 has not closed for a single day in over 160 years.
The department has about 50 volunteer members - both men and women - who protect an area of approximately 9.5 square miles which includes the Village of Yantic as well as the rest of the area of Norwich that has been designated as Yantic's primary response area encompassing residential, business, commercial, and rural areas.
In keeping with the English air to the architecture in Yantic, the firehouse looks like it should be sitting in a European countryside rather than in a small Connecticut town. In my humble opinion, it's the best looking firehouse in Norwich - of which there are seven in all.
In walking around the building, it's easy to see that the members of the Yantic Volunteer Fire Department are very proud of those who have served as there are quite a few memorials to be seen.
Located next to the fire department and just over the tracks is Fireman's Field where I'm sure the very active department holds any number of activities during seasonable months.
It was on the other side of this field that the pictures I've posted of the Yantic River were taken as the field abuts the banks of the Yantic. I would be willing to bet that Fireman's Field was under water when the Yantic overran its banks during our last major rainstorm but I'd have to say that the grass is simply more the greener for it now.
I've got no doubt that Yantic is very proud of it's volunteer fire department and they should be as it takes a special group of men and women willing to dedicate their time and oftentimes risk their lives to protect others.
Come to think of it, I believe I currently live in the Yantic Fire Department's response area so I'd like to say a big thank you for all that you do though I sincerely hope I never need your services! No offense, of course!