Step into the lives of two sea captains, their families, and ancestors when you pass through the grand front entrance of the Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House. When there, you will be anxious to ascend to the third floor and observe the Stonington Harbor from our magnificent cupola! But, there is much to discover inside the house. You can take a close look at the model of Palmer’s sloop Hero, and imagine him discovering the Antarctic Peninsula at age 21 on his modest forty-seven foot sailboat. Numerous other model ships are on display as well as dollhouses and period textiles. Explore grand bedrooms for all ages and and wonderful rooms for entertaining. Throughout the house you will find evidence of the Palmer family’s involvement in shipbuilding, exploring, and family life in the mid 19th century and beyond. Plus, new exhibits on topics of local historic interest are featured at both the Palmer House and the Woolworth Research Library next door.
The grounds and gardens are the perfect place to relax and enjoy a picnic lunch during your visit. The natural beauty of this place is enriched by the stories shared in the house.
About the house: this 16-room Victorian mansion was built in 1852 by two brothers, Captains Nathaniel Brown Palmer and Alexander Smith Palmer. Majestically sited on a high rise of ground overlooking the upper end of Stonington harbor, “Pine Point” offers sweeping water views in all directions. From its octagonal cupola, the family could identify ships arriving from distant ports.
Once threatened by demolition, this magnificent home was purchased by the Stonington Historical Society in 1994 and is now preserved as a National Historic Landmark. Memorabilia pertaining to Nathaniel’s discovery of Antarctica and the Palmer brothers’ adventurous lives is on display, as are family portraits, furnishings and artifacts.
Schedule and Directions
The Capt. Nathaniel B. Palmer House is open Friday through Monday afternoons with tours at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00. We look forward to your visit!
The Captain Palmer House
40 Palmer Street
Stonington, CT 06378
The Captain Palmer House is located at 40 Palmer Street in Stonington, CT. Take Exit 91 on I-95 from either direction. Turn south on Route 234 (Pequot Trial) 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 and after the Pine Point Bridge, the Captain Palmer House will be on your left. Park in the Woolworth Library parking area next door to house.