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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...

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

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Neat old stone lighthouse

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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741 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 378 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank TryppAdams
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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 

Thank Valeria C
Chicago, Illinois
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59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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 

1 Thank C0lley
Boston, Massachusetts
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227 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 269 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank bainso
Wilton, Connecticut
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3 reviews
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!

Thank JeffryGolterman
Houston, Texas
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46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 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 

1 Thank Janet G
Kansas City, Missouri
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30 reviews
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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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Adams, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Lots of interesting exhibits about sailing, whaling, the lighthouse, history of the area. It was fun to go to the top of the tower and see the view. Definitely worth an hour of your time. It's also right next to DuBois Beach so you can go swimming too.

Thank Robin L
Johnston, Rhode Island
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I love lighthouses. This one is no longer a working lighthouse but you can go to the top (30stairs and a ladder) and see the breathtaking view. The other 2 floors have so much history about CT, the war and the lighthouse. It was wonderful to explore.

1 Thank Cindylu823
westerly, r.i.
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Very historic!Good for the history buff! Easy to reach by foot.The building is old but well preserved.

Thank jampy

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