Thomas Stanton Society
  Stanton Crest

Important Stanton sites

Thomas Stanton Society




Tour important sites

Stanton Davis Homestead Museum

Research sources







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 CT 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.

Click on a picture to see a larger view.

Stonington, ConnecticutStonington historical marker

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.

Wequetequock Burial Ground

Wequetequock Burial GroundThe 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

Thomas Memorial Marker 1 child

Thomas Memorial Marker 3

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

Stanton Davis HomesteadOne 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. White Davis tour

A tour of the house by Whit Davis is a truly unique and entertaining experience. The Stanton Davis Homestead Museum is working towards restoration of the homestead.

Stone Marker for Thomas Stanton House

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 ChurchInterior of 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 BarbadosTrading Post Rock postcard.Trading Post Rock modern

Stonington BoroughStonington LighthouseMystic seaport chilodren

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.

Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport

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 SeaportJohn Stanton - Joseph Stanton stones 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 Hale Collection.

Bethel Hill CemeteryJohn-3 Stanton residence

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.


Bethel Hill Cemetery

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 to here.
Indian and Colonial Research Center
The Palmer House
The Stonington Library
The Denison Homestead and Museum
Hartford Founders Monument and Ancient Burying Ground
Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park
Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.       Last updated May 16, 2017