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“Beautiful spot”

Ranked #6 of 19 things to do in Stonington
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Owner description: Palmer, an early ship captain, was the original inhabitant of this 16-room Victorian mansion.
Waterford, Connecticut, United States
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful spot”
Reviewed 21 October 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.

1 Thank Susan G
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Sandwich, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Well worth visiting and it's a combined ticket with the old Lighthouse - perfect!”
Reviewed 24 August 2011

If you're visiting the Mystic Seaport and are staying in the area this is a perfect pairing! We got our bearings on the big picture and then visited the Palmer House to hear the personal story of one young sea captain's amazing discovery. A fascinating tour is included in the admission which also gets you into the Lighthouse Museum, well worth a visit and also in Stonington. We were amazed that although this house is listed as a National Historic Landmark it receives no funding, hence the admission, so you're supporting two historic buildings!

I don't want to say too much as it might spoil your surprise but the story we heard of this family really gives you some insight into the past. Stonington Borough is a beautiful little village full of architectural and dining delights! The last Connecticut fishing fleet resides here and Stonington scallops are definitely not to be missed either! We're temporary visitors here, love it and don't mind sharing!


Visited July 2011
5 Thank Sandwich_Sue
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Elegant home from a bygone era”
Reviewed 15 June 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 climb to the cupola which has commanding views of the harbor. A must see if you are into local history.

4 Thank jaimeaus
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