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Stonington Historical Society to reopen Woolworth Library, Palmer House

Stonington — The Stonington Historical Society has announced that it will reopen its Woolworth Library and the Capt. Nathaniel Palmer House to the public beginning this week.

Both properties have been closed to the public and researchers since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Palmer House will reopen on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning this Friday. The gift shop at the Palmer House though will continue to be only available through the historical society website with the addition of curbside pick-up. Restrooms at the Palmer House will not be open to the public.

Beginning Wednesday, the Woolworth Library will resume its normal hours of operation. In an effort to ensure social distancing, visitors need to make an appointment before visiting. Hours will be Mondays and Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, email, or call 860-535-1131. The library’s online archive is available to the public at no charge at

Because it is opening in a limited capacity, the historical society is reducing its admission fees. At the Palmer House, the fee for adults is $5 and for children under 18 it is $3. Children younger than 5 are free. The Old Lighthouse Museum remains closed as it completes renovations.


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