Now in 2008, there is still physical evidence of Thomas Stanton’s
presence in the 17th Century.
If you plan a pilgrimage to the eastern CT shore you will find a
number of sites which will take you back in time and give you a chance
for reflection. Your travel
destination can be Mystic
or Stonington CT
and you will be within a 30 miles radius of these treasures.
Even one of the more commercial attractions, Mystic Seaport, has
a distant link with the Stanton family. We hope all Stantons will one day have the opportunity to
visit this historic area.
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The historical marker located on Rt 1
between Mystic and Stonington tells of the founding of the town.
Thomas Stanton was the second settler who came to operate a trading
post on the Pawcatuck River.
The cemetery contains a large
monument to the founding fathers of Stonington, CT. Stanton, Minor,
Chesboro, and Palmer. The inscription tells of Thomas' many
accomplishments including appointment as Interpreter General to the
New England Colonies.
Thomas Memorial Marker
A memorial stone was placed at Thomas
Stanton's and Anna Lord's resting places by The Thomas Stanton Society
in 1995. It was designed by Bernard Stanton in the tradition of
colonial America. Traditionally the reunion group visits the site
every three years. Above, Josh 3, places some wildflowers that he
has picked on the site. Sam, Lauryn, and Josh sprinkle tobacco on
the grave, an old Indian custom.
The Stanton Davis Homestead
One of the oldest houses in CT. Built by Thomas
Stanton and later owned by many generations of the Davis family.
With its many artifacts it offers a glimpse of farm life from the
1600s to the present.
A tour of the house by Whit Davis is a truly
unique and entertaining experience. The Stanton Davis
Museum is working towards restoration of the homestead.
Stone Marker for Thomas Stanton House
The house Thomas lived in once stood near his
trading post. When that house was torn down in the 1800s, Mary Hall,
a school teacher arranged with a stone-cutter to provide a large
granite boulder to mark the location. The stone-cutter made an
appropriate engraving on the boulder. It can be seen today on the
River Road. Whit Davis has the story of the marker's origin
The Road Church
The First Congregational Church of Stonington was
formed on June 3, 1664. Thomas Stanton and his son Thomas Jr. were
among the first members. Mr. James Noyes, Dorothy Stanton's husband
was the first pastor. He was also a founder of Yale University.
Trading Post Rock
At the narrowest point in the Pawcatuck River
separating RI and CT, Thomas Stanton located his trading post. Today
the rock formation remains that he used for his wharf. He was given
a three year monopoly on trading rights. He conducted a vigorous
trade activity with a son Daniel located in Barbados.
No visit to the Stonington area would be complete
without walking the quaint beautiful streets of this seaside
village. Site of an important naval battle in the War of 1812, the
village survived a shelling by the British Navy.
Today there are
many nice restaurants and shops to entice the out-of-town visitor. A
visit to the Lighthouse Museum is rewarding. One of our Thomas
Stanton Society members donated an antique musket for display there.
A visit to Mystic Seaport will help put you in the mood to absorb
the history of he area, especially the nautical and whaling
tradition in the area. It is especially entertaining for the kids.
The land where Mystic Seaport is now and the nearby Elm Grove
Cemetery was land Thomas owned and gave to his son Captain John.
Captain John's resting place is at Elm Grove Cemetery. The
gravestones were recorded by a WPA project in the 1930s called the
Bethel Hill Cemetery
Many members of The Thomas Stanton Society are also descendants
of Thomas' grandson John-3. John-3 lived on lands in Preston, CT
originally owned by Thomas.
He and his wife, Mary Starkweather, are at rest in this beautiful
New England cemetery. Mary Starkweather was of Wampanaug Indian
heritage. A drive on Rte 2 to the Bethel Hill Cemetery in Preston
from Stonington will take one past Foxwoods where a visit to the
Pequot Museum is fruitful.
Other attractions in the area
When visiting the Stonington area there
are a number of other points of interest you should consider visiting.
This area of eastern Connecticut is one of the earliest areas of the
country to be settled and many families will find their roots are traced