Stonington

 

History of Stonington, CT

 

The first European colonists established a trading house in the Pawcatuck section of town in 1649. The present territory of Stonington was part of lands that had belonged to the Pequot people, who referred to the areas making up Stonington as Pawcatuck (Stony Brook to the Pawcatuck River) and Mistack (Mystic River to Stony Brook). It was named “Souther Towne” or Southerton by Massachusetts in 1658, and officially became part of Connecticut in 1662 when Connecticut received its royal charter. Southerton was renamed “Mistick” in 1665[2]:26 and again renamed Stonington in 1666. Thomas Miner, Walter Palmer, William Chesebrough and Thomas Stanton were the founders. The town of North Stonington was set off as a parish from Stonington in 1724 and incorporated as a town in 1807.

Stonington first gained wealth in the 1790s when its harbor was home to a fleet engaged in the profitable sealing trade in which the skins of seals clubbed on islands off the Chilean and Patagonian coasts were sold as fur in China.

Stonington repulsed two British naval bombardments. One, during the American Revolution, was a desultory bombardment by Sir James Wallace in the frigate HMS Rose on August 30, 1775. The other was a more damaging three-day affair between August 9 and 12, 1814. During the War of 1812, four British vessels, HMS Ramillies, HMS Pactolus, HMS Dispatch, and HMS Terror, under the command of Sir Thomas Hardy, appeared offshore on August 9, 1814. The British demanded immediate surrender, but Stonington’s citizens replied with a note that stated, “We shall defend the place to the last extremity; should it be destroyed, we shall perish in its ruins.” For three days the Royal Navy pounded the town, but the only fatality was that of an elderly woman who was mortally ill. The British, after suffering many dead and wounded, sailed off on 12 August.

The Stonington Harbor Light, 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 small granite Customs House faces Main Street just north of Cannon Square.

The New London and Stonington Railroad Company was incorporated on July 29, 1852.

The Groton and Stonington Street Railway was a trolley line that was created in 1904 to serve the Stonington area. The trolley was dismantled and replaced by buses in 1928.

In recent decades, Stonington has experienced a large influx of new home owners using historic borough houses as second homes. The town has undergone a widespread reconditioning of these homes since the mid-1990s, when an altercation over redevelopment rights attracted substantial news coverage about Stonington’s revitalization.

 

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Stonington Today:

 

The town of Stonington is located in New London County, Connecticut, United States, in the state’s southeastern corner. It includes the borough of Stonington, the villages of Pawcatuck, Lords Point, and Wequetequock, and the eastern halves of the villages of Mystic and Old Mystic (the other halves being in the town of Groton).

As of the census of 2000, there were 17,906 people, 7,665 households, and 4,897 families residing in the town. The population density was 462.8 people per square mile (178.7/km²). There were 8,591 housing units at an average density of 222.1 per square mile (85.7/km²).  The town has a total area of 50.0 sq mi (129.6 km2), of which 38.7 sq mi (100.2 km2) is land and 11.4 sq mi (29.4 km2) (or 22.68%), is water.

In the waters off Stonington, the states of New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island come together at a single point.

 

Stonington Public Schools:

 

West Vine Street School
Deans Mill School

 

Stonington Real Estate

 

 

 

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About Dan

 

I would like to a take this opportunity to introduce myself, and my abbreviated life story so that you will feel comfortable with who I am and confident in working with me on your real estate transaction.

I was born in CT then moved to Springfield Illinois, Missouri Valley Iowa, East Greenbush New York and finally in RI. My Dad and Mom decided after a number of years of working at Pfizer in Groton CT that my Dad should follow his heart and become a minister for God and so he packed up their 5 young boys and moved to Springfield to attend 5 years of the Seminary to become a Lutheran minister. With my Mom and Dad both working 3-4 part time jobs juggling school and family they succeeded on his dream and we move to Iowa for his first church assignment.

I had the very best parents God could provide as they instilled a great work ethic, always do the right thing and never ever give up. Life was difficult financially and nothing was ever given to us so we were taught the basic fundamental values of you get what you work for. This instilled a very positive outlook on life and helped me develop my strong work ethic and attitude of never ever give up and always “do the right thing” as my Dad would say. During my school years I played as a four-sport athlete and was All State in Soccer and this also developed my competitive spirit to strive for excellence and perfection.

Fast forward to my first job working at Pfizer (yes that is where my Dad worked) where I reached the proverbial glass ceiling in Analytical Research after 16 years. A co-worker challenged me that I could not sell real estate in the worst real estate market in history in 1988. Oh Boy he did not know about my desire to excel and my positive attitude. I jumped in with both feet and left Pfizer for a full time career in Real Estate Sales and I have never looked back.

My Real Estate career in RI, CT and MA took off and in less than 4 years I was ranked as the #1 selling real estate agent in the 6 New England States for RE/MAX and sold 124 homes by myself. No one in RI has since sold that many residential resale listings by one person. To this day I keep a very high level of production of sales and have employed a full time administrative support staff to make sure every deal goes smoothly and my clients get superior service at no extra costs. My biggest concern with every

transaction I am involved with is that each client works with ME and my full time administrative support staff allows me to spend one on one time with each client.

A little bit about my family that I am so proud of and inspires me to work hard every day so that I can provide for them and enjoy my time off with them. My wife Marguerite of 38 years and counting (yes we got married early at 21 years old) and prior to that we dated for 4 years in High School. She is the hardest worker (great inspiration for me) and is always giving of herself and to others. She has set the standard as a standout employee at Westerly Hospital for 38+ years. We have two awesome sons Ryan 34 married to Beth with their two adorable twin daughters Madison and Hannah now 3 years old. Our youngest son Nick 30 married to Alicia with their handsome son Kaeson now 7 months. I love doing projects with them whether it is ripping apart and remodeling Nick and Alicia’s home or building a huge patio with concrete pavers and fire pit this last summer for Ryan and Beth.

When time permits I hit the golf course and one of the items on my bucket list was to win a club championship, which I did in 2010 at Fenner Hill Golf Club. Now some other items on my to do list are, for Marguerite and I to attend the Masters Golf tournament, Go to Hawaii, Visit Italy and spend time snorkeling in the Grand Cayman Islands.

Thanks for learning a little more about me and I hope to some day help you with your real estate needs or just have a cup of coffee.

Sincerely
Dan Liese “the hard working nice guy”