Palmer House Museum

A National Historic Landmark


Rollie McKenna: A Village Love Affair

This project is funded with support from Connecticut Humanities, the Rosalie Thorne McKenna Foundation and the Stoningrton Historical Society. Visit the exhibit at the Woolworth Library located at 40 Palmer Street, Stonington, Ct. Mondays 1–5pm Wednesdays 9–5pm Fridays 1–5 pm


OId Lighthouse Museum

America’s first Lighthouse Museum.



Your gift allows us to maintain four historic sites and an archive & research center. It also ensures that we continue programs, education outreach, exhibits, and events.


Explore World War One

Learn about how Stonington experienced the Great War.


The Mission of the Stonington Historical Society is to preserve, interpret, and celebrate the history of all of Stonington.

Online Exhibits

Herstory: A Brief History of Stonington’s Influential Women

September 1, 2020

Origins of the Viaduct

March 24, 2020

Stonington Lumber

March 24, 2020

Saint Mary’s Church: 150 Years of History and Memories

March 24, 2020

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What They’re Saying

“Before taking this class I never would have thought of Stonington to be this rich in history. I barely even knew where the Boro was, let alone know the battles and people who impacted our town as much as they did. Now I’m leaving this class truly recognising how amazing this town I live in is.”

Stonington High School Student

“My husband and I enjoy seeking out lighthouses and this was a really nice one to find. After climbing the 29 circular steps and a short ladder to reach the top of the tower, you will have a beautiful panoramic view overlooking the harbor and three states.”

Lighthouse Visitor

“Free access to this museum with paid admission to nearby Lighthouse museum. Had never heard of or known the place existed. Very interesting history of prominent local family. Explorer of Antartica. Well maintained house with period artifacts. Very thorough tour and extremely knowledgable guide. Nice portraits on display - family history in pictures. Worth the stop and history lesson.”

Visitor to the Captain Palmer House

“Because of my interest in history and art history, I love the older collections, and I love the sense of discovery that old books and manuscripts provide.”

Chelsea OrdnerWoolworth Research Librarian

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

We Cannot Do It Without Your Support

Your gift to the Stonington Historical Society supports the preservation of historical and cultural resources. Funding for was provided by Connecticut Humanities