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Stonington in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Stonington

 
 
Stonington Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 26, 2013
1. Stonington Marker
Inscription.
Stonington
This coastline of Pequot Indian country was first mapped by Adriaen Block from Holland in 1614. The first settlers in 1649 were William and Anna Chesebrough at Wequetequock Cove. The next year Thomas Stanton built a trading post on the Pawcatuck River. Two years later came Walter Palmer, Thomas Miner, and Captain George Denison. John Gallup and Robert Park settled in the Mystic area soon afterwards. In 1658 Massachusetts claimed the town, naming it Southerton. Governor John Winthrop, Jr. obtained the Connecticut Charter from England in 1662, which set the boundaries of the town. It was renamed Mystic in 1665 and Stonington in 1666. Men of Stonington repulsed a British naval attack on the town, both in 1775 and in 1814. The old trades of shipbuilding, whaling, sealing, and the railroad-steamboat terminal have been replaced by light manufacturing and commercial fishing. Today, Stonington’s past maritime glory is reflected in the relics of her Mystic Seaport and Old Lighthouse Museum.
Erected by the Town of Stonington
the Stonington Historical Society
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
1978

 
Erected 1978 by the Town of Stonington, the Stonington Historical Society and the Connecticut Historical Commission.
 
Location.
Stonington Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 26, 2013
2. Stonington Marker
41° 21.369′ N, 71° 52.986′ W. Marker is in Stonington, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker is on Stonington Road (U.S. 1) half a mile north of Elm Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pawcatuck CT 06379, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stonington Founders Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wequetequock Burial Ground (approx. 0.4 miles away); John W. Richmond (approx. 1.5 miles away); Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Stonington Land Battery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Thomas Howe House (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Defenders Of The Fort (approx. 2.1 miles away); Battle of Stonington Monument (approx. 2.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Stonington.
 
Also see . . .
1. Town of Stonington, Connecticut. (Submitted on September 1, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Stonington, Connecticut on Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 1, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
Old Lighthouse Museum image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 27, 2013
3. Old Lighthouse Museum
Stonington Harbor Lighthouse
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976
(this building does not have a marker)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 253 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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