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Founded in 2007, La Grua Center is a nonprofit cultural center offering a wide range of concerts, art exhibitions and lectures in an intimate, acoustically-distinctive space flooded with natural light and vaulted ceilings. The space is also a venue for classes, meetings, celebrations and other community activities.

32 Water Street #7, Stonington
(860) 535-2300



New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) is an ocean adventure nonprofit that provides STEM-based education programs, on and off the water, for students from all walks of life. NESS uses sailing, marine science, powerboating, and adventure sports as teaching platforms. NESS operates year-round with families, schools, and organizations to provide high-quality programs that blend an innovative curriculum with exciting ocean adventure activities.

They also offer summer camp, after school and homeschool programs.

72 Water Street, Stonington
(860) 535-9362



Helping neighbors become friends and helping friends work together, the COMO engages residents, businesses, and community groups in building a strong, vibrant community. 

The COMO offers a unique and wide variety of art and athletic programming for all ages including potterytechnology classes and life skills. Their sports programs include tennis and paddle tennis, basketball, soccer, fencing and exercise classes. They offer pre-school and summer camps for the kiddos and host several major events throughout the year, such as the Stars Over Stonington Gala and the Stonington Village Fair.

28 Cutler Street, Stonington
(860) 535-2476

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One hundred and thirty years after its founding, the mission of the Stonington Free Library remains the same — to enrich lives and build community by bringing information, ideas and people together. Today, 3,300 cardholders have access to 33,000 print and digital media items, online subscription services, and a range of programming for adults and youth alike.

20 High Street, Stonington
(860) 535-0658

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The Stonington Historical Society is dedicated to illuminating the more than 350 years of history of the Town of Stonington, offering records of the lives and fortunes of colonial settlers, blockade runners, ship captains, whale hunters, patriots, explorers, artists, and writers.

The SHS manages and maintains three historic sites: The Old Lighthouse Museum where you can climb to the top of the light tower; The Nathaniel B. Palmer House, home of the Stonington seafarer credited with discovering Antarctica; and the Richard W. Woolworth Library, a growing archive of local records, manuscripts and photographs.

40 Palmer Street, Stonington
(860) 535-8445



The SVIA was formed in 1899 by a small group of caring residents wishing to maintain the Borough as "a nice place to live and work." Contributions by residents and non-residents alike allow the present day SVIA to maintain that tradition.

Not only do they host and run the weekly Stonington Village Farmers Market, but they maintain duBois Beach at Stonington Point and Mathews Park, and host the Christmas Stroll every year - kicking off with the decoration and lighting of the tree at the Stonington Free Library.

The SVIA continually supports special projects around the Borough such as the installation of Little Free Libraries, renovation of Cannon Square, maintenance of Wayland's Wharf and the restoration of the COMO Pond.

Centrally located in the small Stonington Borough business district is the former residence of poet James Merrill, now owned and maintained by the SVIA. Merrill's apartment, largely intact, is home to our ongoing "Writer-in-Residence Program" sponsored in his memory by the SVIA.

P.O. Box 18, Stonington
(860) 415-4510