The History of Our Village

Founded in 1649

Stonington’s history is evident in every corner of this village – from the 18th century homes of fishermen and farmers, to the area south of Cannon Square that was once home to many Portuguese immigrant families.

Old Lighthouse Museum

Built in 1840

Stonington’s Old Lighthouse Museum which served as a beacon over Stonington Harbor for nearly 50 years is filled with fascinating exhibits and local artifacts that reflect the maritime heritage of Stonington ship captains.



Small but Mighty!

Museums & Much More

Open seasonally, this tiny stone museum presents the exploits of Stonington’s 19th century intrepid explorers and entrepreneurs as well as the Borough’s long history of commerce and steamship transportation.

On the Top

Priceless Views

Visitors can climb the tower for a stunning vista that stretches to the Atlantic Ocean and three states. The lawn of the Old Lighthouse Museum provides a small pocket of open space at the tip of Stonington Point, a venue for concerts and private events, a setting for reenactments of the Battle of Stonington, and a meeting place for the many walking tours conducted by the Stonington Historical Society.


The Captain

The Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House, once home to the discoverer of Antarctica, now serves as the headquarters of the Stonington Historical Society. Visitors are welcome to tour the Captains’ home and surrounding gardens and view changing exhibits in the adjacent library.

Don’t Tread on Me

Tough & Strong

Stonington lies at the crossroads of three states – Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York. Serving as a strategically placed entrance to the protected waters and shipping lanes of Long Island Sound made Stonington a prime target for two British attacks – and two successful defenses – in 1776 and again in 1814 during the Battle of Stonington when the residents successfully defended their town against far greater forces.

Keeping History Alive


The Newport Artillery reenacted the Battle of Stonington during the 2014 Bicentennial celebration at the Old Lighthouse Museum.

These Colors Don’t Run

The Battle Flag!

The Stonington Battle flag is a proud relic of the War of 1812 and the Battle of Stonington and predates the Star Spangled Banner. It is also a unique and perhaps only example of a 16-star and 16-stripe flag that reflects the statehood of Tennessee although never an official flag of the United States.