North Stonington, CT, is a lovely historic town that takes great pride in its history. There are many colonial buildings throughout the hamlet. Here are a few spots that you may want to visit to learn more about this town's rich past.
North Stonington Historical Society
1 Wyassup Road
North Stonington, CT 06359-0134
You will learn a great deal at the North Stonington Historical Society, and it will all be about North Stonington, CT and its rich past. Housed in a lovely colonial building called the Stephen Main Homestead (1781), which also houses the A. Morgan Stewart Memorial Library, the historical society is where people go to learn about their ancesters who may have lived in the area. The town was founded in the 1660s and the society has land records going back nearly that far. In 1724, the town was incorporated as North Stonington, when the area was very agricultural. Soon enough the area grew to include many different kinds of businesses including mills, tanneries and cottage weaving. The society puts on many events that evoke the "old days" and its activities. It is open Tuesdays from 2 to 4 p.m.
Mystic River Historical Society
74 High St.
Mystic, CT 06355
Just a short ride from your North Stonington inn, the Mystic River Historical Society in the seagoing town of Mystic details the history of the famous Mystic Bridge that connects the towns of Groton and Stonington. The bridge's history reaches back some 200 years, and tells the story of this area's growth and development. The society offers many special events such as house and walking tours, both focused on the history of the area. The society also maintains a large archive of documents, photographs and books that are relevant to the history of the area. The collection is housed in the William A. Downes Archives Building. The society also owns the Portersville Academy, which it uses for its education and outreach programs. Both buildings are open all year during the following hours: Tuesdays 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays 1 to 4 p.m., and Thursdays 1 to 4 p.m.
124 Granite St.
Westerly, RI 02891
Located in nearby Westerly and not far from your North Stonington bed and breakfast, and built by Joshua Babcock in 1734, this colonial style house is now a museum filled with period antiques and paintings. The items were owned by the families who lived there throughout the years. The property where the house is located was discovered to have large amounts of granite on it after it was bought by Orlando Smith. He developed a very successful granite business, which, after his death, his widow ran. During this time the house was renovated to look grander by adding Victorian details, but when Orlando R. Smith, Jr., a nephew, inherited the mansion 1924, he removed the Victorian add-ons to reveal the house's true colonial character. Many of the antiques that you will see in the house belonged to him. The museum is open May 30 through October 31 on Saturdays from 2 to 5 p.m. It's also open on Fridays during the same hours in July and August