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The Stanton Davis Homestead Museum holds a special place in the hearts of Thomas Stanton Society members. We have held our tri-annual reunions on the grounds here since 1995.  In the early reunions many people camped in the field nearby.  A large tent was always erected and provided us shelter.  Being near this house, which Thomas built, the oldest home in Stonington, has given us a real sense of our colonial family heritage. 

Stanton Staircase

Highlights of all these visits have been tours of the house by Whit Davis, the recent owner.  We are especially enthralled to enter the home and hear about the beautiful spiral staircase, imported from England;

 

 

 

Stanton nichethe built in corner cabinet in the living room, likewise imported, and notice the crown molding surrounding the ceiling.  Whit tells us the brass knocker on the front “Christian Door” is over 300 years old.

 

 

 

White Davis and black tableAnother front room has a black wooden table that Whit explains is where Thomas sat with Uncas to write the chiefs last will and testament.  Some of us have been on several tours and continue to be amazed at the unique and interesting artifacts throughout the house.  It alone is worth the trip to the tri-annual reunions.

 

After one of the reunions Whit made a major decision to turn the house over to the Museum, a non-profit organization.  A goal of the museum is to restore the structure and preserve the artifacts.  University of Connecticut student interns are currently cataloging the artifacts.

A major goal of The Thomas Stanton Society is to support the Stanton Davis Homestead Museum in whatever way we can help.  We hope for the day that its preservation is guaranteed so our grandchildren’s grandchildren can visit and enjoy it.  We invite you to visit the Museum Facebook page to view the considerable progress. www.facebook.com/TheStantonDavisHomesteadMuseum

D. B. Stanton 2008.

 
Also...
The Stanton Davis Homestead Museum requires major fund raising to reach its goals. We hope all TSS members will consider donating to this worthy cause. I think we have one of the most unique old New England homes here and a collection of artifacts that is quite unusual. It is one of a kind historical treasure. The homestead is currently under extensive renovations. Here is an interesting YouTube video on the homestead: Homestead Video
The Thomas Stanton Society is forever grateful to Whit Davis (who died May 4, 2016 at the age of 91) for donating his homestead, built by Thomas Stanton in the 17th century, to The Stanton Davis Homestead Museum organization, allowing its preservation for future generations.
         
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