In part 1 of the history of Stonington Borough, I followed how sealing was the beginning of the China trade and how the money generated by the sale of seal skins in China was reinvested in tea, silk and Chinaware. This was sold in the U.S. at a huge profit. By 1850, seal populations had been decimated by excessive hunting and the Stonington fleet turned to whaling but things … [Read more...] about A Village by the Sea — Part II; Stonington Borough
The town of Stonington shares its eastern border with Westerly, Rhode Island and is located in the southeast corner of New London County. The town is comprised by many villages including the eastern halves of the villages of Mystic and Old Mystic, the borough of Stonington, and the villages of Lords Point, Wequetequok, and Pawcatuck. It was settled in 1649 and named … [Read more...] about A Village by the Sea | Stonington Borough — Part I
The following is part three in Westerly Life’s “Behind the Murals” series discussing the history behind all the recently created murals throughout downtown Westerly. The mural featured in this post can be found behind C.C. O’Brien’s Irish Sports Bar and Café at 8 Mechanic Street in Pawcatuck.While many of the murals in both downtown Westerly and Pawcatuck promote unity … [Read more...] about The Greatest Turkey Day Games Ever Played
Our area is a goldmine and one doesn’t have to dig deep into our culture to discover some great treasures. The treasure being introduced to our readers today is a group called the Stonington Players.The Stonington Players was created under the direction of Louise Wimpfheimer in 1965 and holds as its mission, as stated on their website: “The Stonington Players exists for the … [Read more...] about The Stonington Players – Where Everyone is a Star
If you run across an approximately four-and-a-half-foot tall penguin waddling around Stonington please return it to its home at 40 Palmer Street, Stonington, not the Mystic Aquarium. Yes, that’s right, a huge penguin lives in Stonington. Who knew?The giant penguin stands at the front door of the Captain Nathanial B. Palmer House, which is also a national historic landmark, … [Read more...] about Step Back in Time with a Visit to the Captain Nathanial B. Palmer House
Mowing the lawn, cleaning gutters, paying real estate taxes and mortgage insurance. If all that sounds like fun than home ownership is definitely for you! Just kidding, there are way more positives to owning your piece of real estate! Independence, pride in your home, control over your surroundings, investment, and achieving a well-earned goal are just a few positives that will … [Read more...] about Home Buying: Knock Knock…Who’s There? You!
The parishioners of St. Michael the Archangel in Pawcatuck, Connecticut know all about patience. It is a virtue that they have been steadily practicing as the days, weeks, months, and years have passed, while they wait in joyful anticipation for the re-opening of their church home on Liberty Street.For those unfamiliar with what has happened, and is happening, at St. … [Read more...] about St. Michael Church Prepares for Phase Two
When was the last time you had a good piece of pie? If you said last Thanksgiving then you’re way overdue. It’s time to get your little pie-starved self down to the Stonington Borough Village Green on Saturday, August 5th for their 65thannual Fair. Once there, you can indulge in scrumptious pies of various flavors, and enjoy all the other foods and activities that are a part of … [Read more...] about 65th Annual Stonington Village Fair – August 5th
So, growing up in Westerly RI had many advantages. We have the beaches in the summer and we're close to everything. We have a train station, and can be in Boston in an hour and a half.Sometimes we get so caught up with looking for something to do, that we forget what is right in our own backyard. The restaurants, the public spaces, the events, the people and of course … [Read more...] about What Does Westerly, RI Have to Offer?