Thursday, September 12, 2019

Review of Historic Stonington Lighthouse and Museum

Stonington Connecticut is a delightful small town built around Stonington harbor.  We visited there on a beautiful July afternoon and parked in the lot along the harbor.  I then walked back up the hill to photograph the historic stone lighthouse.

History of Stonington Lighthouse

Stonington lighthouse was built in 1840.  It is a wonderfully preserved example of a mid-19th century lighthouse. The tower sits on a hill just up from the harbor and is 35 feet tall.  It was used for navigation until 1889, when it was replaced by another navigational aid out in the harbor.  The lighthouse is now used as a museum that explores the life and history of Stonington's seafaring people.  

Visiting the Inside of the Lighthouse

The museum is open seasonally and when you tour the museum you may also climb the 29 steps up the tower.  I climbed the steps and enjoyed taking photos in the museum and around the lighthouse grounds.

The brochure I was given when touring the lighthouse states that the seaside village of Stonington has been the " home to farmers, and fishermen, sailors and sea captains, explorers and entrepreneurs for more than 360 years."

Walking the Lighthouse Grounds- Views from the Back

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  1. Oh Mary Beth, this looks like an idyllic place to spend a nice summer afternoon. So many wonderful little nooks and crannies you have shown me through your beautiful pictures. Sometimes I wish I wasn't subject to time and space, so I could wander through all these lovely lighthouses and grounds.

  2. What a beautiful lighthouse! The stone facade is gorgeous. I would imagine it fits perfectly with the surrounding area. It is always amazing to hear about the history of the lighthouses you visit, Mary Beth. They have survived so many centuries. I'm glad this one has someone caring for it. Pretty cool that it is now a museum. I know you had a wonderful day exploring and photographing this lovely place.

  3. Beautiful lighthouse. The stone facade is perfect for the setting along the rocky Atlantic Coast line. Always enjoy your lighthouse photos and background history, Mary Beth.

  4. Gorgeous photos as usual. The stone Lighthouse is truly spectacular. What a beautiful day you had to take photos as well. Must have been so relaxing. I love the North East as well, and would truly enjoy visiting there. The Notebook you created is very nice as well.

  5. I love this review, but then, I also love lighthouses. I have not had the advantage of visiting them, but I visit them MY way, through wonderful articles like this one. Thank you Mary Beth for taking us on a scenic tour through Stonington Lighthouse.


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