Important Sites

Now in recent years, 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.

Stonington historical marker

Stonington, Connecticut

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 Ground

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.

Bernard J. Stanton kneeling beside the gravestone marker he designed

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.

Stanton homestead

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. The Stanton…

Site of Thomas' first home

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…

Interior of the lovely Road Church

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…

The Pawcatuck Rock, site of Thomas' trading post

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…

Stonington Borough lighthouse

Stonington Borough

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…

Mystic seaport ship

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 Seaport…

Leonard Cemetery

Leonard 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.…