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    Monday, May 27, 2024

    Stonington is a town with history

    The Stonington lighthouse, built in 1840, was acquired by the Stonington Historical Society in 1910. With the help of private funds, donations and volunteers, the lighthouse has become a repository of historical artifacts, books, papers, newspapers and textiles. The Stonington Old Lighthouse Museum is open for tourists seasonally.

    Stonington is a place with a rich history.

    There is, of course, Cannon Square in the Borough, where two cannons helped fend off a British assault during the War of 1812.

    The Lighthouse Museum, which was built in 1840 and is located at 7 Water St., provided a beacon, literally, for ships that came across Fishers Island Sound. It’s also a beautiful lighthouse thanks to its stonework.

    Not far away is the Capt. Nathaniel B. Palmer House Museum, at 40 Palmer St. This was a home for Palmer, who discovered the Antarctic Peninsula in 1820. The building now honors his life.

    The Lighthouse Museum and the Palmer House are both operated by the Stonington Historical Society, so an admission price of $10 for adults, $5 for ages 65 and up and $5 for ages 5-17 gets you into both venues. Admission is free for members, for residents of Stonington, Mystic, and Pawcatuck, and for kids under age 5.

    Winter hours for both sites are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. and Sun.

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