Historic Walking Tour
A Sailing event on 2016-06-24 11:00:00
Historic Walking Tours of Stonington Borough depart Fridays at 11am and Sundays at 2pm from the Old Lighthouse Museum at 7 Water Street in Stonington Borough. Experienced guides will explore the sites, events, and people of Stonington history for the past 300 years. Once home to the Pequot Tribe of Southeastern Connecticut, Stonington's first European settlement dates to 1649 when Thomas Stanton settled on the banks of the Pawcatuck River. The Stonington Borough settlement commenced about 1750 when the advantages of Stonington's harbor were first realized. Initially fishing and farming were the primary industries, which eventually led to shipbuilding, a vibrant coastal trade, a West Indies trade, and further exploration. Stonington's sea captains sailed the world and built fantastic homes that survive today in this perfectly preserved peninsula. Explorers included Edmund Fanning, who was also known as Pathfinder of the Pacific, and Nathaniel Palmer, credited with the discovery of Antarctica. Stonington has successfully defended her shores through two bombardments by British forces during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Today, Stonington is still home to Connecticut's last commercial fishing fleet. The walking tour will explore 350 years of Stonington history.
at Stonington’s Old Lighthouse Museum 7 Water Street Stonington, CT Stonington, United States