Stonington, CT is a town that is located in New London County, between the cities of New York and Boston. The town was originally a trading house that was located on the Pawcatuck River. This place is the only town in Connecticut that faces the river. Stonington is also the name of one of its boroughs. BBOnline recommends a visit to the Old Lighthouse Museum and other attractions in Stonington.
Old Lighthouse Museum
7 Water Street
Stonington, CT 06378
One of the best local attractions is the Old Lighthouse Museum, which is a few minutes away from your cozy Stonington Bed and Breakfast. The original stone tower, built in 1823 on the Point, was all of 30 feet. The lighthouse had 10 oil lamps with parabolic reflectors which resulted in a beacon that was visible as far as 12 miles out to sea. The beacon has guided many vessels getting into the harbor of Stonington coming from Long Island Sound. Because of constant exposure to storms, shore erosion and other elements, the lighthouse structure deteriorated and was dismantled in 1840. The materials were used for building the present tower and keeper's dwelling. The lighthouse was used until 1889. The Old Lighthouse Museum was established in 1927 by the Historical Society.
The rooms feature various items that give you a peek into the rich history of Stonington. There are displays that show the lives of fishermen, farmers, merchants, shipbuilders, pottery makers, blacksmiths and many other trades. The old iron steps of the lighthouse tower take you to the top where you can get a sweeping 360-degree view. The museum is open from May to November at different times. As of 2011, admission is about $10 for adults, $5 for children, $25 for the whole family and free to members of the Stonington Historical Society.
523 Taugwonk Road
Stonington, CT 06378
The Stonington Vineyards is one of the older wineries in the state, with a production of 5,500 cases annually. The place has a climate very similar to Bordeaux, because it's near the Atlantic Ocean. The winery was constructed in 1989 and the wines produced by Mike McAndrew have won several awards already. The place is also popular as a wedding venue. You can go on a free 30-minute winery tour each day at 2:00 p.m. There are scheduled wine tastings every day for all 6 wines at $10, but it's best to call first from your Stonington Inn, because schedules vary depending on the season.
75 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic, CT 06355
Just 5 miles from Stonington is Mystic Seaport, America's leading maritime museum. It started in 1929 and has since grown to a collection of more than 9,000 nautical charts and maps, 1.3 million maritime photographs, 7,000 paintings, 1,600 nautical instruments, 1,150 ship models, 1,700 scrimshaws, 100 figureheads and a lot more. There are scheduled daily events that you might be interested in, like a seining demonstration or a waterfront exploration. The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.