Due to the global pandemic, we will not host Walking Tours this summer. We hope to resume our Walking Tours in 2021.
The Stonington Borough Historic Walking Tour
This fascinating Historic Walking Tour through the narrow streets of Stonington Borough departs on Saturdays at 11 a.m. from The Farmer’s Market at the Town Docks in June, July and August. The tour lasts about an hour. Experienced guides will share the stories of historic homes, sites, battles, and the people that all reflect Stonington’s rich 350-year history.
Once home to the Pequot Tribe of Southeastern Connecticut, Stonington’s first European settlement dates to 1649 when Thomas Stanton settled on the banks of the Pawcatuck River. The Stonington Borough settlement began about 1750 when the advantages of Stonington’s harbor were first realized. Initially, fishing and farming were the primary industries, which eventually led to shipbuilding, a vibrant coastal trade, a West Indies trade, and further exploration. Stonington’s sea captains sailed the world and built fantastic homes that survive today in this beautifully preserved peninsula. Explorers included Edmund Fanning, who was also known as Pathfinder of the Pacific, and Nathaniel Palmer, credited with the discovery of Antarctica. Stonington has successfully defended its shores through two bombardments by British forces during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Today, Stonington is home to Connecticut’s last commercial fishing fleet.
Tickets can be purchased on our website or at the Stonington Historical Society table at the Farmer’s Market.
Schedule and Directions
Available in June, July and August
Saturdays 11am — 12:15pm
The tour is approximately one hour.
Members and Children under the age of 6 are Free.
Farmer’s Market at Stonington Town Docks
Take Exit 91 on I-95. Turn south on Route 234 (Pequot Trail) 0.4 miles to left turn at North Main Street and proceed 1.5 miles to traffic light at intersection with Route 1. Turn right on Route 1. Turn left at next traffic light onto North Water Street (Route 1A). Immediately across Lambert’s Cove bridge, you will pass the Capt. Palmer House on your left. Proceed to stop sign and turn left onto Trumbull Street. Continue straight to second stop sign (intersection with Alpha Avenue) and turn right onto railroad bridge to Water Street. Follow Water Street (one way) to High St. Turn right and you will find parking and the Farmer’s Market at the end of High St.