North Stonington

Former Grist Mill site, North Stonington
Former Grist Mill site, North Stonington – Jerry Dougherty

The New London County town of North Stonington is in southeastern Connecticut and shares a border with Rhode Island. The first white settlers arrived in the mid-1600s and established homesteads in what was then Stonington. Named in 1724, North Stonington separated from Stonington and incorporated in 1807. In the 19th century, the town prospered with numerous farms, mills, and tanneries and was a well-known mercantile center that produced silk and satin, wools, and thread lace among other items. After the Civil War, the town turned primarily agricultural with dairy farming its principal industry. Now a residential community, it still boasts numerous structures from the late 1700s and early 1800s.

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Detail of North Stonington from Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut

North Stonington: Shunock River and Local Ambitions Powered a 19th-century Mill Town

European settlement in the area of North Stonington dates back to the mid-1600s. An agricultural village for much of its... Read more » …[more]

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Places

“North Stonington Historical Society,” 2017. Link.

Document

“1916 Chapman’s Catalogue: Strawberry and Raspberry Plants.” C. E. Chapman, 1916. Link.
“Map: South Part of New London Co. Connecticut - Page 188 and 189 of Town and City Atlas of the State of Connecticut.” Boston, MA: D. H. Hurd & Co., 1893. University of Connecticut Libraries - Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC. Link.
“Photograph: Lantern Hill Silex Mine, North Stonington,” 1890–1909. Connecticut Historical Society and Connecticut History Illustrated. Link.

Books

Bishop, Terry. A History of North Stonington on the Town’s Bicentennial 1807-2007. North Stonington,  CT: North Stonington Historical Society, 2007.
Marshall, Benjamin Tinkham, ed. A Modern History of New London County, Connecticut. Vol. 1. New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1922. Link.
Marshall, Benjamin Tinkham, ed. A Modern History of New London County, Connecticut: Biographical. Vol. 3. New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1922. Link.
Marshall, Benjamin Tinkham, ed. A Modern History of New London County, Connecticut: Includes Biographical. Vol. 2. New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1922. Link.
Educational Enquiry, North Stonington, May 1916. Hartford, CT: Connecticut. State Board of Education, 1916. Link.
The Story of the Twenty-First Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, During the Civil War. 1861-1865. Middletown, CT: Stewart Printing Co., 1900. Link.
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