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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North Stonington: Shunock River and Local Ambitions Powered a 19th-century Mill Town
With water supplied by the Shunock River and Assekonk Brook, North Stonington supported mill operations and local businesses from the late 1600s to early 1900s. …[more]
“North Stonington Historical Society,” 2017. Link.
“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.
“North Stonington Collection.” Connecticut Digital Archive, n.d. Link.
“Photograph: Lantern Hill Silex Mine, North Stonington,” ca. - 1909 1890. Connecticut Historical Society and Connecticut History Illustrated. Link.
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.