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Name: Stonington Harbor Light   Map it!

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Nearest Town or City:
Stonington, Connecticut, United States

Location: East side of Stonington Harbor.

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Managing Organization:
Stonington Historical Society

Telephone: 860-535-1440


Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 103
Connecticut, 06378, United States

The present tower was built largely from the disassembled 1823 tower. The light was replaced by a breakwater light nearby in 1889. The building became the property of the Stonington Historical Society in 1925.

Tower Height: 35

Height of Focal Plane: 62

Description of Tower: Granite octagonal tower attached to granite keeper's dwelling.

This light is not operational

Other Buildings?
Attached granite keeper's house (1840).

Earlier Towers?
1823: 30-foot stone tower.

Date Established: 1823

Date Present Tower Built: 1840

Date Deactivated: 1889

Optics: c. 1838: 10 lamps and parabolic reflectors; 1842: 8 lamps and 16

Current Use: Museum.

Open To Public? Yes.

The museum in the lighthouse is operated by the Stonington Historical Society as the Old Lighthouse Museum. The museum is open from May to November. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in July and August; closed Mondays the other months. Admission $3, $1 for children 6-12. The museum's exhibits depict the history of the farming and seafaring community from its founding in 1649. The sixth order Fresnel lens from the lighthouse is on display and there is an exhibit on the lighthouses of Long Island Sound. Visitors are welcome to climb the tower for a view of three states.

Take Exit 91 from I-95 and turn south on Route 234 (Pequot Trail), continue 0.4 miles to North Main Street. Turn left on North Main and follow 1.5 miles to a light at the intersection with Route 1. Cross Route 1 and continue straight to a stop sign. Turn left and then take the next right over the railroad bridge to Water Street. Follow Water Street through historic Stonington Village to the end. Park at the Point and walk up to the lighthouse.

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: William Porter (1823-184?); Patty Porter (184?-1854); Benjamin Pendleton (1872-?).


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