The Society was founded in 1970 to perpetuate the history of the Town, to encourage the study of the history of the town and to preserve manuscript material and relics relating to that History.
North Stonington's records begin 1807
The library is open from 2 p.m.to 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons. We may be reached by phone at
1 860 535-9448. The Society Collection is available for use in the library.
There is parking on the premises. There is no admission charge although donations are greatly appreciated.
Please have your homework done before your visit. Vital statistics, including birth, death, and
marriage data for family members is important. General knowledge of your research area is helpful.
Settlement of this area had begun by the 1660's and was aided by land grants public service. In 1720, the north religious society of Stonington was formed to erect a meetinghouse convenient for local worship. It was named North Stonington in 1724 and incorporated as a town by the General assembly in 1807.
During the 1700's, agriculture was the principal business, together with fulling mills, grist mills, and sawmills. The increasing population in the early 1800's and habits of industry amd economy brought tanneries, iron works, cabinetmaking shops, dye houses, dry goods and grocery stores, and cottage weaving. the town became a prosperous and renowned mercantile center during this period. Changing times left dairy farming the principal industry by the turn of the century. Gradually thereafter, the town took on the residential character seen today. North Stonington includes the settlements of Clarks Falls, Laurel Glen, Pendleton Hill, Ashwillet, and the village of North Stonington, formally known by the descriptive name Milltown.
Text provided by Connecticut Historical Commission and North Stonington Historical Society
New Publications available now!
History of a remote settlement in the Township of North Stonington, Connecticut
by Robert B. McIntosh
Paper back booklet sells for $5.00
For more information see upcoming events
To see photos of 2nd Dye House Day click events page
Down on the Farm
by Markham Starr
A history in pictures and interviews of daily life on the Dairy Farm.
sells for $22.00
For more details or to purchase please visit our items available page
North Stonington Historical Society Board of Trustees
Frank Eppinger - President Kevin McBride -Vice President
The Society maintains the Stephen Main Homestead (1781) as its Headquarters.
This is also the home of the A. Morgan Stewart Memorial Library.
Monthly programs starting in September
Please note times and place of each program.
NEW IMAGES OF LOCAL HISTORY
Images from collection of Fred Stewart Greene
Books available for $29.95 at the Historical Society
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North Stonington Historical Society
We invite you to celebrate our Parlor Concert Series’ second concert this 2017-18 season on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 4:00 PM and again at 6:30 PM in the parlor of the Stephen Main House at 1 Wyassup Road.
Soprano Ava Wing and pianist Aymeric Dupré la Tour will present a program entitled Blessed, Sweet Oblivion, a recital of evocative piano pieces and art songs.
In the sophisticated musical genre of the art songs displayed in this concert, compositions by Vincenzo Bellini, Hector Berlioz, Charles Gounod, Franz Liszt, and Richard Wagner will musically illustrate and interpret the poetry of Pietro Bellini, Ernest Legouvé, Alfred de Musset, Friedrich Rückert, and Mathilde Wesendonck which speaks of love on a deeper, grander, almost cosmographic scale. In place of shallow or fleeting passion, it suggests love can manifest itself as fantastic, complex, and immense as the universe we live in.
Ava Wing, from Saratoga Springs, New York, currently teaches and performs in the Tri-State Region. A graduate of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music and an alumna of the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Greve in Chianti, Italy, Ms. Wing made her New York City debut with the Metro Chamber Orchestra in the American premier of Van de Vate’s opera, All Quiet on the Western Front.
Aymeric Dupré la Tour, a native of Lyon, France, studied at the Conservatoire National de Région. He earned an Artist Diploma in organ and a Master of Music in historical performance at Oberlin College, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Juilliard School. His performances on harpsichord, organ, piano, and celesta have taken him across France, the United States, Canada, and South America. Dr. Dupré la Tour is principal for harpsichord/organ/piano of the Chamber Orchestra of New York. Dupré la Tour was appointed Artistic Director of the North Stonington Historical Society in 2015.
The recent restoration of these instruments reflects the society’s commitment to share lively historical projects with the population of North Stonington and surrounding towns.
Reservations are highly recommended. Tickets are $20 per person. Call 860-245-5322.