Stonington

Stonington
Stonington
- Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

The town of Stonington shares its eastern border with Westerly, Rhode Island, and is located in the southeast corner of New London County. The town includes the eastern halves of the villages of Mystic and Old Mystic, the borough of Stonington, and the villages of Lords Point, Wequetequok, and Pawcatuck.  Settled in 1649 and named Stonington in 1666, the town grew as its shipbuilding and whaling industries thrived. Even today, the state’s last commercial fishing fleet is based in Stonington. The town, and especially the village of Mystic, is also a popular tourist destination, with a lively historic district, museums, and retail shops.

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Websites

“Stonington Harbor Light.” NPS Inventory of Historic Light Stations, 2002. Link.

Places

“Charles W. Morgan Whaling Vessel.” Connecticut Freedom Trail, 2012. Link.
“Mystic Aquarium,” 2011. Link.
“Mystic Arts Center,” 2012. Link.
“Mystic River Historical Society,” 2012. Link.
“Mystic Seaport,” 2012. Link.
“Old Lighthouse Museum.” The Stonington Historical Society, 2012. Link.
“Palmer House.” The Stonington Historical Society, 2012. Link.
“R.W. Woolworth Library and Research Center.” The Stonington Historical Society, 2012. Link.
“Stanton-Davis Homestead Museum,” 2008. Link.
“The Indian & Colonial Research Center,” 2012. Link.
“The Stonington Historical Society,” 2012. Link.

Documents

“Aero View of Mystic, Connecticut 1912.” Bird’s-eye. New York: Bailey & Rathbone, 1912. Connecticut History Online. Link.
Copp, John B. “Map of Connecticut.” Stonington, CT, 1795. Connecticut History Online. Link.
O.H. Bailey & Company. “View of Stonington. 1879.” Bird’s-eye. Boston, MA: O.H. Bailey & Company, 1879. Connecticut History Online. Link.

Books

Marshall, Benjamin Tinkham, ed. A Modern History of New London County, Connecticut. Vol. 1. New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1922. Link.
Stonington Historical Society. An Hour’s Walk Through the Borough of Stonington, Connecticut: With a Guide to Points of Interest, Historical Sites, Scenic Views, Stories of War and Peace, Industry, Commerce, and the Arts. Stonington,  CT: Stonington Historical Society, 2008.
McCain, Diana. Connecticut Coast: A Town-by-Town Illustrated History. Guilford,  CT: Globe Pequot Press, 2009.
Wheeler, Richard. History of the Town of Stonington, County of New London, Connecticut, from Its First Settlement in 1649 to 1900: With a Genealogical Register of Stonington Families. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1977.
Mystic River Historical Society. Mystic. Portsmouth,  NH: Arcadia, 2004.
Mystic Seaport Museum, and Carl Cutler. Mystic: The Story of a Small New England Seaport. Mystic,  CT: Mystic Seaport Museum, 1980.
Minor, Thomas, Sidney H. Miner, and George D. Stanton. The Diary of Thomas Minor, Stonington, Connecticut, 1653-1684. New London, CT: Day Publishing Company, 1899. Link.
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