A press release from the Stonington Historical Society
Walking tours of Stonington Borough, sponsored by the Stonington Historical Society, are winding down for the season, with the final ones slated for Sunday, Oct. 27 and Thursday, Oct. 31.
The walking tour leaders represent a variety of interests and expertise so that each tour is different. For instance, one of the leaders is a student of architecture and historic preservation and likes to talk about the evolution of the 19th-century townscape in the Borough, still so much in evidence today. Another likes historical tidbits that would have been considered scandalous fifty years ago. Another likes to point out remnants of the 1950’s, when she grew up in the village, at a time when there were still grocery stores, a department store, liquor, hardware, and even a pharmacy as well as three bars and an undertaker’s.
“The village was not as smart looking as it is today,” she remarks.
With no more than 12 or 15 people per group, the tours are geared to the interests and questions of the tour-goers. Weather permitting, tours depart the Old Lighthouse Museum at 11 am Thursdays and 2 pm on Sundays through October.
The tour lasts about an hour. No reservations are required. Those wishing to tour the Lighthouse as part of the visit are offered special discounts. For local weather conditions on the day of the tour, please call the Old Lighthouse at 860-535-1440.