About Us

Welcome to the Stonington Historical Society.  Our Mission is to preserve, interpret, and celebrate the history of Stonington.  Please join us. 

Our headquarters are located at the Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House 40 Palmer Street  Stonington, CT  06378

By mail, please send inquiries to Post Office Box 103, Stonington, CT  06378

Director@stoningtonhistory.org  or   860-535-8445 x.10



Our Society is dedicated to illuminating the more than 350 years of history of the Town of Stonington, located in the southeastern corner of Connecticut. We offer here records of the lives and fortunes of colonial settlers, blockade runners, ship captains, whale hunters, patriots, explorers, artists, and writers.

We recall the struggles between Native Americans and Europeans, the repulse of British forces in 1775 and 1814, the exploration of distant oceans by Stonington seafarers. We see Stonington's era as a polyglot seaport, a community of English, Portuguese, Irish, Italians, Germans, and African Americans. There are glimpses too of later years, when Stonington became known as a city-dwellers' refuge from the twentieth century, where village life and community survived.

We invite you to explore the resources of this site, and to see Stonington in person as well. When you come, take the time to visit our three historic sites:

You will find a warm welcome.

The mission of the Stonington Historical Society is to preserve, interpret, and celebrate the history of Stonington.  Please Join Us:


Membership includes a subscription to Historical Footnotes and free admission to our museum sites and research library. Members are notified of coming programs and exhibitions and are entitled to a ten percent discount on our books and most gift shop items. Please click here for a membership application form you can print out and mail us. You may also  use Paypal to submit your online membership below.  You do not need your own Paypal account. 

Membership Levels


The Stonington Historical Society welcomes financial contributions to support its efforts to preserve and display the rich history of the Town. The organization enjoys the 501 (c) (3) status of a charitable institution.

Please make checks payable to The Stonington Historical Society and mail them to:

The Stonington Historical Society
P.O. Box 103
Stonington, CT 06378