Schedule & Directions

The Stonington Borough Historic Walking Tour

This fascinating Historic Walking Tour through the narrow streets of Stonington Borough depart on Fridays and Saturdays at 5pm from the Lighthouse Museum. The tour lasts about an hour. Experienced guides will share the stories of historic homes, sites, battles, the railroad and people that reflect Stonington’s rich history.

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 perfectly 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 her shores through two bombardments by British forces during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Today, Stonington is still home to Connecticut’s last commercial fishing fleet.

Schedule and Directions

Tour Schedule

As of October 15th, walking tours are by appointment only for the rest of 2021. A minimum of 2 people are needed to schedule a walking tour. Please email museums@stoningtonhistory.org to arrange a walking tour.

Tickets are $10; $5 for members.

Tour departs from Lighthouse Museum

Lighthouse Museum
Stonington, CT 06378

Directions

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 Dubois Beach.