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Captain Nathaniel Brown Palmer House

Stonington, CT
860-535-8445
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Ranked #4 of 7 Attractions in Stonington
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Palmer, an early ship captain, was the original inhabitant of this 16-room Victorian mansion.
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Palmer, an early ship captain, was the original inhabitant of this 16-room Victorian mansion.
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Stonington, Connecticut
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71 reviews 71 reviews
18 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The Palmer house is a beautiful and historic site, but made all the more interesting to know the story of Captain Palmer, from his blockade running against the British as a teenager during the War of 1812 to his historic sighting of the coast of Antarctica.

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Thorold, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Gorgeous example of mid-nineteenth century upper class living. The house is incredibly well put together and has a great story to tell. Well worth the 45 minutes or so to walk through.

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Connecticut
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Volunteers gave a a tour, and gave a fascinating overview of the 19th century captain credited with being one of the discovers of the Antarctic. Most of the houses is typical of wealthy Victorian families, but there is a very interesting museum room describing the ships he commanded and his accidental discovery of the Antarctic.

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Long island, NY
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62 reviews 62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

If you like to see how people lived in years gone by, this is a good example of it. Although there were renovations done to the house, and some of the articles were replications rather than authentic to the house... it was still set up to maintain how life was lived all those years ago. Just large enough to hold... More 

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New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

The house is just BEAUTIFUL! The guide was very knowledgeable and took us all the way to the top of the house which offered a panoramic view of the bay. If you visit the lighthouse, you receive a voucher to visit the house for FREE! The house is in wonderful condition and a little known fact is that Captain Palmer's... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

I went there while on vacatin in Stonington. It's a great area for breakfast,lunch.or dinner in town. The upkeep on the CNBPalmer house is fabulous and the tour is nice.

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Groton, Connecticut
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Great photo shot here. weather was great kids loved it water was calm ferries passed. Went to ocean beach after.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012 via mobile

The Palmer house was informative. There was a lot of information available but we felt rushed. Not a relaxing time. A missed opportunity for us.

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Waterford, Connecticut, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

It is a beautiful spot! I live in CT and hadn't been there before. Was so glad I went. It's a must see.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2010

Old mansion from the 1820s, Captain Palmer's claim to fame while on a seal hunt expedition that he was the first to see the Antartic. He is one of three early explorers to make this claim. His home is a well appointed home full of period furnishings. The rooms have high ceilings with beautiful marble fireplaces. I was allowed to... More 

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