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
Eleanor Banker - Telephone Mary Bishop - Treasurer & Newsletter Richard Blodgett and William Peterson - Curatorial
The Society maintains the Stephen Main Homestead (1781) as its Headquarters.
This is also the home of the A. Morgan Stewart Memorial Library.
The Hidden Treasure- Your local historical society and what it has to offer.
Do you know what is available at the historical society?
Have you ever visited there?
Are you a member and if not why not?
Come and learn about us
All Programs are free - Refreshments provided
Monthly programs starting in September
Please note times and place of each program.
Mark Starr presentation on lobstering in Maine in the small and very unusual village of Corea. This is one of the very few towns left on the coast that remains much as it was over the past 40 years or so.
Monday, May 19,2014
at the Wheeler Library
Co-sponsored by the Friends of Wheeler Library and the North Stonington Historical Society. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
All are welcome
Members and guests
We will be participating in the Town Wide
Yard Sale May 31st 8-2
Join us and browse the many treasures available for sale that day .
We will have all our maps, books and photos available that day as well as.
The Dye House will be open for viewing with demonstrations on dyeing,etc.
Don't pass us by we are located in the village on the hill at 1 Wyassup Road.
We will keep the coffee on for you!
Our Annual Meeting is set for June 9th at 6:30 p.m.
At the Stephen Main Homestead.
Planned is a pot-luck dinner.
Election will be for trustees for three year term.
The trustees who are up for re-election are: Gladys Chase, Anna Coit, Frank Eppinger, Dick Seager, Mary Wilska.
This meeting is open to all members. Bring a dish to share and come meet the board and share ideas.