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Address: Stonington, CT
Phone Number: 860-535-1440
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A museum dedicated to whaling, sealing and farming as it was hundreds of...

A museum dedicated to whaling, sealing and farming as it was hundreds of years ago in Stonington.

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Great stone lighthouse

Didn't have time for a tour so we chose not to pay the entrance fee and just viewed the outside. Neat gardens and outdoor displays and a great view of the sea in the background... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Dennis P
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Johnson City, New York, United States
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Johnson City, New York, United States
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394 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Didn't have time for a tour so we chose not to pay the entrance fee and just viewed the outside. Neat gardens and outdoor displays and a great view of the sea in the background. Bracing in the strong wind. Loved watching the activities opposite on the small beach with the gulls playing with a sandwich box, dog walkers, people... More 

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New Fairfield, Connecticut
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We didn't make it in time for them to be open, but they left the front gate open and so we could walk around the grounds, taking pictures and enjoying the scenery. For the holidays, they did hang garland wreaths on the lighthouse itself which made it quite festive.

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Thank Nancy B
Brevard County, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

Stone lighthouse. Amazing architecture. Terrific gift shop. Awesome historical nautical displays. Winding stairwell to top. Accessing dome is tricky with ladder. Gorgeous view. Well maintained. Parking further down narrow street at beach. Pretty area. Small museum but very quaint.

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Thank Rita S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 387 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

You will meander through the streets of Stonington to find this lighthouse, and parking is easiest about 100 yards further down water street at duBois beach and walking back. It was windy on the day I visited and I didn't take the tour as $9 seemed a little steep for a tour and the best part to me is what... More 

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Thank TryppAdams
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We didn't actually go in but the structure is very pretty. It and the entire little town of Stonington are easily missed, I drove by it at least 3 times several years ago and found the lighthouse only after researching nearby lighthouses while visiting Mystic. Based on the website I wish we had gone in but the weather was very... More 

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Thank Valeria C
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

What a great little museum. Park on the beach and get a far away view, then walk up and tour the lighthouse for some very interesting local history. It makes you really appreciate the lighthouse keepers and their lives. The view from the light is awesome. We weren't told, however, that the Palmer House was part of the admission and... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

This unique lighthouse has stood over the port of Stonington for over a hundred and 70 years and was active until 1889. The Old Lighthouse Museum contains 6 rooms of exhibits. Climb the 29 stone steps of the original tower for a panoramic view of Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York. This museum is open seasonally May thru October, 10... More 

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Wilton, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Oldest lighthouse in the U.S.. Nice snapshot of historic New England life from several dimensions; war of 1812, whaling, ice harvesting, kids toys and other "genres". Very nice view from the top!

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Houston, Texas
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Park at the end point and walk 2 minutes up to the light house. Neat to see such a historic site. This is a good place to visit while you wait to eat at the Dog Watch Cafe down the street. The museum was already closed when we arrived, but we enjoyed walking around to see the property to look... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This was the last stop on our self created lighthouse tour of the New England area. Started at West Quoddy Point and after 5 full days arrived at Stonington Ct. This was a well preserved lighthouse, off the beaten path, but worth the excursion to find it. If you're into lighthouses, this is one for your list. While not a... More 

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