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The Town of Stonington, Connecticut is located located in New London County, Connecticut in the southeastern corner of the state. It includes the borough of Stonington, the villages of Pawcatuck and Wequetequock, and the eastern half of the village of Mystic (the other half being in the town of Groton). New London County is located in the southeastern corner of the state of Connecticut. ... A borough is a local government administrative subdivision used in the Canadian province of Quebec, in some states of the United States, and formerly in New Zealand. ... Stonington is a borough located in New London County, Connecticut. ... Pawcatuck is a census-designated place located in New London County, Connecticut. ... A coffeeshop along Main Street in Mystic Mystic is a census-designated place located in New London County, Connecticut. ... Waterfront of Groton, Connecticut looking upriver Groton is a town located on the Thames River in New London County, Connecticut. ...


The Borough of Stonington occupies a point of land that projects into Little Narragansett Bay. The lack of through traffic or modern industry, together with the borough's role as a fashionable summer residence since the Civil War era, have preserved its Colonial, Federal, and outstanding Greek Revival domestic architecture, while the activity of Connecticut's last remaining fishing and lobstering fleet keep it from being simply a quaint, historic village. There is a large community of Portuguese descent. An estuary on the Rhode Island-Connecticut state line, inlet of the Atlantic Ocean of Pawcatuck River. ... In general, the word colonial means of or relating to a colony. In United States history, the term Colonial is used to refer to the period before US independence. ... Federal style architecture occurred in the United States between 1780 and 1830, particularly from 1785 to 1815. ... Personal residence of Catherine the Great Greek Revival was a style of classical architecture which became fashionable in Europe in the 18th century, and in the United Kingdom and United States in the early 19th century. ... Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish. ... Subfamilies and Genera Neophoberinae Acanthacaris Thymopinae Nephropsis Nephropides Thymops Thymopsis Nephropinae Homarus Nephrops Homarinus Metanephrops Eunephrops Thymopides Clawed lobsters comprise a family (Nephropidae, sometimes also Homaridae) of large marine crustaceans. ...

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History and trivia

The first European colonists came to the town in 1649, on lands that had belonged to the Pequots who referred to the areas making up Stonington as "Pawcatuck" and "Mistack." It was named "Souther Towne" or Southertown, by Massachusetts in 1658, and was renamed as Stonington when Connecticut established its claim over the territory in 1665. The town of North Stonington was set off as a parish from Stonington in 1724 and incorporated as a town in 1807. // Events January 30 - King Charles I of England, Scotland and Ireland is beheaded. ... The Pequot were a tribe or nation of Native Americans who, in the 17th century, inhabited much of what is now Connecticut. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 44th 10,555 mi²; 27,360 km² 183 mi; 295 km 113 mi; 182 km 13. ... Events January 13 - Edward Sexby, who had plotted against Oliver Cromwell, dies in Tower of London February 6 - Swedish troops of Charles X Gustav of Sweden cross The Great Belt (Storebælt) in Denmark over frozen sea May 1 - Publication of Hydriotaphia, Urn Burial and The Garden of Cyrus by... North Stonington is a town located in New London County, Connecticut. ... A parish is a type of administrative subdivision. ... Main street in Bastrop, Texas, a small town A town is a residential community of people ranging from a few hundred to several thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan areas. ...


The Stonington lighthouse, a low stone building, was the first lighthouse established by the U.S. Federal Government, in 1823. In the 19th century Stonington supported a small fishing, whaling and sealing fleet, with some direct trade with the West Indies, enough in volume for it to be made a Port of Entry in 1842. The very young Nathaniel Palmer, in charge of the sloop Hero, was seal hunting in the South Shetland Islands in the Antarctic summer season of 1820-1821. Sent southwards in November to investigate a volcanic eruption on the horizon, he sighted Antarctica. The Peggys Point lighthouse in Nova Scotia, Canada An aid for navigation and pilotage at sea, a lighthouse is a tower building or framework sending out light from a system of lamps and lenses or, in older times, from a fire. ... Nathaniel Brown Palmer (1799 - 1877) was a sailor in the United States Navy. ... The South Shetland Islands or Iles Shetland du Sud or Islas Shetland del Sur or New South Britain or New South Shetland or Shetland Islands or South Shetlands or Sydshetland or Süd-Shetland Inseln are a chain of islands in the Southern Ocean lying about 120 kilometres northward of...


Other famous residents of Stonington have included the explorer Edmund Fanning, who discovered Palmyra Island south of Hawai'i; Revolutionary War hero Nathaniel Fanning; the Beaux-Arts architect Edward P. York, of York and Sawyer; the poets Stephen Vincent Benet and James Merrill, whose 'Water Street' evokes Stonington; and the garden essayist Eleanor Perenyì. Peter Benchley, the author of Jaws, also had a summer house located in the Borough. More recently, Stonington is the home of 2004 World Series of Poker champion Greg "Fossilman" Raymer. Edmund Fanning (July 16, 1769 – April 23, 1841) was an American explorer and sea captain, known as the Pathfinder of the Pacific. ... Map of Palmyra Atoll Map of Palmyra Atoll Palmyra Atoll is an uninhabited, 12 km2 atoll in the Northern Pacific Ocean at 5°52 N, 162°6 W. Palmyra is one of the Northern Line Islands (southeast of Kingman Reef and north of Kiribati Line Islands), located almost due south... State nickname: The Aloha State Other U.S. States Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Governor Linda Lingle Official languages Hawaiian and English Area 28,337 km² (43rd)  - Land 16,649 km²  - Water 11,672 km² (41. ... Nathaniel Fanning (31 May 1755 – 30 September 1805) was an officer in the Continental Navy and later the United States Navy, who served on board Bonhomme Richard during its 1779 battle with HMS Serapis. ... Beaux-Arts architecture denotes the academic classical architectural style that was taught at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris, the home territory of this style, which influenced American architecture in the period 1885 – 1920. ... The architectural firm of York and Sawyer produced some outstanding structures, exemplary of Beaux-Arts architecture as it was practiced in the UInited States. ... Stephen Vincent Benét (July 22, 1898–March 13, 1943) was a United States author, poet, short story writer and novelist, best known for his narrative poem of the American Civil War, John Browns Body, published in 1928. ... poet James Merrill, age 30, in a 1957 publicity photograph for The Seraglio James Ingram Merrill (March 3, 1926 - February 6, 1995) was a Pulitzer Prize winning American writer, increasingly regarded as one of the most important 20th century poets in the English language. ... The WSOP logo. ... Gregory (Greg) P. Fossilman Raymer (born 1964 in Minot, North Dakota) is a professional poker player. ...


Stonington has also been the destination of many famous persons, such as Viggo Mortensen, who rented a home in the area, and his Lord of the Rings costar Elijah Wood; television host Conan O'Brien, whose sister lives in the Borough; and others, such as George Hamilton, Jimmy Fallon, Matt Paige, and Dick Vitale of ESPN fame. Stonington has been the home to several on-location movie shoots, including Steven Spielberg's Amistad and Julia Roberts breakthrough, Mystic Pizza. It is also a popular tourist destination because of its location near the ocean and several major casinos, its historic charm, and major attractions in the Mystic area such as the Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport and the Mystic Drawbridge. Mystic is located along the Mystic River and is found by many tourists to be fascinating. When visiting please use the cross walks or you could anger local residents. Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn Viggo Peter Mortensen (born October 20, 1958 in New York City) is an Danish-american theater and movie actor, a published poet, musician, photographer and painter. ... Dust jacket of the 1968 UK edition The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy story by J. R. R. Tolkien, a sequel to his earlier work, The Hobbit. ... Elijah Wood in Wellington, New Zealand for the 2003 world premiere of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. ... Conan OBrien Conan Christopher O’Brien (born April 18, 1963) is a comedian best known as host of NBCs late-night talk show/variety show Late Night with Conan O’Brien. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Fallon with Tina Fey on May 18, 2002 cover of Entertainment Weekly. ... Dick Vitale, left, clowning around with Calbert Cheaney Dick Vitale, also known as Dickie V, and Mr. ... Steven Spielberg Steven Allan Spielberg, KBE (born December 18, 1946) is a Jewish American film director. ... Amistad (Spanish for friendship) is a 1997 Steven Spielberg movie based on a slave mutiny that took place aboard a ship of the same name in 1839. ... Julia Roberts in May 2002. ... Mystic Pizza is a 1988 film directed by Donald Petrie and starring Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, and Lili Taylor as the three main characters: Kat, Daisy, and Jojo. ...


Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 129.6 km² (50.0 mi²). 100.2 km² (38.7 mi²) of it is land and 29.4 km² (11.4 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 22.68% water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an Imperial unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (5,280 feet, 1,760 yards, 1,609. ...


In the waters off Stonington, the states of New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island come together at a single point. Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... Official language(s) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 48th 14,371 km² 113 km 177 km 12. ... Official language(s) None Capital Providence Largest city Providence Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 50th 4,005 km² 50 km 65 km 32. ...


Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 17,906 people, 7,665 households, and 4,897 families residing in the town. The population density was 178.7/km² (462.8/mi²). There were 8,591 housing units at an average density of 85.7/km² (222.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.81% White, 0.63% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 1.26% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. 1.30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of Wikipedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 7,665 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.88. The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


In the town the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.


The median income for a household in the town was $52,437, and the median income for a family was $63,431. Males had a median income of $45,596 versus $32,069 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,653. 5.0% of the population and 2.9% of families were below the poverty line. 5.4% of those under the age of 18 and 5.7% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Naval history

Stonington repulsed two British naval bombardments, one, during the American Revolution a desultory bombardment by Sir James Wallace in the frigate Rose, August 30, 1775, the other more damaging three-day bombardment, of 9-12 August 1814, from a squadron under Captain Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, in whose arms Nelson died at Trafalgar. The British were again repulsed. The American versifier Philip Freneau wrote (in part): The American Revolution was a revolution that ended two centuries of rule of the Thirteen Colonies by the British Empire and created the modern United States of America. ... August 30 is the 242nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (243rd in leap years), with 123 days remaining. ... 1775 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... August 12 is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1814 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... This article is about the naval officer. ... Lord Nelson Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (September 29, 1758 – October 21, 1805) was a British admiral who won fame as a leading naval commander. ... Combatants United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland First French Empire, Spain Commanders The Viscount Nelson † Pierre Charles Silvestre de Villeneuve Strength 27 ships of the line, 4 frigates, 2 others France: 18 ships of the line, 8 others Spain: 15 ships of the line Casualties 449 killed; 1,214... Philip Morin Freneau ( January 2, 1752 – December 18, 1832 ) was a United States poet and one of the most important writers/poets of The Age of Reason. He focused on writing nonpolitical poetry. ...


"The bombardiers with bomb and ball
Soon made a farmer's barrack fall,
And did a cow-house badly maul
That stood a mile from Stonington.


They kill'd a goose, they kill'd a hen
Three hogs they wounded in a pen—
They dashed away and pray what then?
This was not taking Stonington.


But some assert, on certain grounds,
(Beside the damage and the wounds),
It cost the king ten thousand pounds
To have a dash at Stonington.


Reference

Henry Robinson Palmer, Stonington by the Sea, 1957


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Stonington Education Fund, Stonington, Connecticut 06378 (275 words)
The Stonington Education Fund seeks to promote excellence in the Stonington Public Schools through the effective use of private donations and grants.
A further goal is to increase community support for and understanding of the educational mission of the Stonington Public Schools.
The Stonington Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.
Stonington, Connecticut - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (868 words)
It includes the the borough of Stonington, the villages of Pawcatuck and Wequetequock, and the eastern half of the village of Mystic (the other half being in the town of Groton).
The town of North Stonington was set off as a parish from Stonington in 1724 and incorporated as a town in 1807.
Stonington has also been the destination of many famous persons, such as Viggo Mortensen, who rented a home in the area, and his Lord of the Rings costar Elijah Wood; television host Conan O'Brien, whose sister lives in the Borough; and others, such as George Hamilton, Jimmy Fallon, and Dick Vitale of ESPN fame.
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