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Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA
The first European colonists established a trading house in the Pawcatuck section of town in 1649. The present territory of Stonington was part of lands that had belonged to the Pequot people, who referred to the areas making up Stonington as Pawcatuck (Stony Brook to the Pawcatuck River) and Mistack (Mystic River to Stony Brook). It was named "Souther Towne" or Southerton by Massachusetts in 1658, and officially became part of Connecticut in 1662 when Connecticut received its royal charter. Southerton was renamed "Mistick" in 1665 and again renamed Stonington in 1666. Thomas Miner, Walter Palmer, William Chesebrough and Thomas Stanton were the founders. The town of North Stonington was set off as a parish from Stonington in 1724 and incorporated as a town in 1807.

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  • 1819 - Stonington
    Stonington, a flourishing post town, is situated in the southeast corner of the State, being 55 miles southeast from Hartford, and 62 east from...Read MORE...


  • 1820 - Antarctica discovered
    Captain Nathaniel Palmer of Stonington discovers the continent of Antarctica.
    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • News 1880 - Huge Estate
    The estate of the late Charles P. Williams, of Stonington, Conn., is appraised at $2,250,000, probably as large a sum as has ever been presented for...Read MORE...


  • News 1885 - Italian Musicians
    A company of Italian musicians, who have been playing on the Stonington, Ct., line of steamers, now furnish music on the steamer Lorn.
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    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    August 8, 1885

  • Stonington, Connecticut, USA
    Stonington Station N.Y.N.H. & H.R.R., Stonington, Conn.
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    Water St. Looking South
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    Water Street looking North
  • 1906
    Stonington, a banking post-borough, port of entry, and resort of New London co., Conn., in Stonington township (town) on the Atlantic Ocean, 50 miles ...Read MORE...


  • Stonington, Connecticut, USA
    Steamboat Landing
  • News 1912 - EXPRESS WRECK KILLS THREE
    Signal Out of Order on New Haven Road at Stonington.

    STONINGTON, Conn., July 23. - An express train bound east over the New York, New Haven &...Read MORE...




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