The Town of Stonington is located in the southeastern corner of Connecticut, bordering Westerly, RI to the east, Long Island Sound to the south, Groton, Ledyard and North Stonington to the west and north. Stonington is the only Connecticut town facing the Atlantic Ocean; Fishers Island and Long Island can be seen on the southwest and Block Island to the southeast. The rocky shoreline has many peninsulas, islands, coves and marshes.
Stonington boasts that increasingly rare and attractive combination of seaside and semi-rural working and living sites. The town, covering 42.7 square miles was settled in 1649 and comprises the Borough of Stonington and villages of Pawcatuck and Mystic.
Stonington has a thriving tourist business, centered in Mystic — most of which is tied to its maritime past. Mystic Village is home to Mystic Seaport– the Museum of America and the Sea and the Mystic Aquarium. The village of Pawcatuck has an historic mill district, in which attractive 19th century mills are either currently being renovated for 21st century uses or are awaiting development.
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Stonington is within two hours or less of major research and transportation centers in Boston, Providence, New Haven, Hartford and New York. Access via I-95 is minutes away. Major airports are located nearby in Groton, Hartford, Providence and Boston. Amtrak trains are located in the Village of Mystic located within the Town of Stonington, New London and Westerly, RI.
Town Hall Hours
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
About North Stonington
Named in 1724 for the stony character of the hilly countryside, North Stonington was incorporated in 1807. Farms, mills, tanneries, iron works and cottage weaving contributed to a prosperous and renowned mercantile center in the 1800s. Changing times have left dairy farming the principal industry. North Stonington includes the settlements of Clarks Falls, Laurel Glen, Pendleton Hill, Ashwillet and the village of North Stonington, formerly known as “Milltown,” and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Through the hustle and bustle of everyday life, North Stonington still holds onto its small-town-America charm. Every year in early July, farmers and non-farmers alike gather for the North Stonington Agricultural Fair, the first major state fair of the season in Connecticut. The fair brings the long-lost, down-home, country feeling to life.
This popular four-day event draws people from all over New England. Its top features include a cooking contest, judging of crops and livestock, as well as the traditional oxen, horse and tractor pulls.
The town has a long history as a rural farming community. Many residents make their living off the land just as their ancestors did less than 20 years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Many people like to ride along Route 49. This beautiful country road meanders its way past historic houses, stone walls, pastures and magnificent views. The fields along the road were encampments during the Revolutionary War.
The Town of Groton, located midway between New York and Boston, is the largest municipality between New Haven, Connecticut, and the cities surrounding Providence, Rhode Island. Framed by the Thames and Mystic Rivers, Groton is notable for its shores on Long Island Sound, just east of the end of Long Island. Within the town limits you will find the boroughs of Mystic, Noank, Groton Long Point and the self-governing City of Groton.
Groton is the home of Naval Submarine Base New London, the Global Research and Development campus of Pfizer, Inc., and the submarine construction facilities of the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Inc. Other industries in our town range from a traditional fishing boat fleet to advanced medical supply manufacturing. The recent completion of the University of Connecticut Marine Sciences center at Avery Point, with its related enterprises, gives Groton a unique place among centers of science and learning.
Exits 86-90 off I-95. Groton/New London Airport is located within Groton. Travel time to Bradley International Airport is approximately 75 minutes. The New London Amtrak Station and Cross Sound Ferry are less than 10 minutes away.
Town Hall Hours
Town Hall offices are open Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 pm.
45 Fort Hill Road
Groton, CT 06340
Offices of Planning and Economic Development, 134 Groton Long Point Road, are open Mon-Fri. from 8:30 am-4:30 pm.
About New London
New London is located midway between Boston, Massachusetts and New York City and situated on the shores of both the Thames River and Long Island Sound. The “Whaling City” of New London is a wonderful community in which to live, visit and do business. Our historic waterfront city is best known as the home of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and America’s Tall Ship the Barque Eagle. New London is an historic whaling port, a center of higher learning, the location of a regional multi-modal transportation hub, and an arts and cultural center.
The Office of Development & Planning (ODP) administers and is responsible for a broad and complex array of planning, regulatory, economic and community development programs designed to improve the quality of life for the citizens of New London.
New London is located midway between Boston and New York City and situated on the shores of both the Thames River and Long Island Sound. I-95 is the main gateway to the city from east and west, and state route 32 from the North. The Cross Sound Ferry runs frequent daily car and high speed ferry service to and from Orient Point, Long Island. Amtrak has over a dozen daily trips both north and southbound.
The City is approximately 50 miles from T.F. Green Airport in Providence and 60 miles from Bradley International Airport in Hartford/Springfield.
City Hall Hours
City Hall is open 8 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday.
City Hall and the Office of Development and Planning
181 State Street,
New London, CT 06320.
Ledyard is a 40.5 square mile suburban community with an estimated population of 15,600. Ledyard was settled in 1653 and incorporated in 1836.
The settlement of Ledyard is characterized by abundant single-family housing, separated by numerous red maple swamps and rocky, rugged uplands. While much of the Town’s housing stock was built during the 1960’s through the 1980’s, numerous colonial period houses are found along narrow, winding roads. A number of well-preserved 18th century farmsteads have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as has the Gales Ferry Historic District, a 19th Century village located on the banks of the Thames River.
The northern half of the U.S. Submarine base is located in Ledyard. Major employers located within and near the community include Dow Chemical and Foxwoods Casino, but a majority of Ledyard’s working population commutes to businesses located in Norwich, New London and Groton.
Ledyard is located on the Thames River estuary in the southeastern part of the state, and is surrounded by the Towns of Preston, North Stonington, Stonington and Groton. Major roads are state Routes 12 (Military Highway), 117, and 214.
Travel time to Bradley International Airport is approximately one hour.
Griswold is a rural community dotted with rivers, lakes, dairy and Christmas tree farms. The Town of Griswold contains many beautiful hills and small mountains. The two rivers that flow through the town are the Pachaug and the Quinebaug.
The Village of Jewett City is the town center of Griswold.
From Route 395, Exits 84, 85 and 86 will all take you to Griswold.
Town Hall Hours
Monday through Wednesday 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Friday 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Everything you loved about the country as a child, such as dairy farms, quiet fishing ponds and berry picking, can still be found in Preston.
A mere two percent of Preston is commercial. But because the development is not concentrated in one area, the town seems almost entirely undeveloped. There are 13 dairy farms, four vegetable greenhouses and a few horse farms.
The town is currently engaged in developing Preston Riverwalk.
From southeast: I-95 south to exit 92. Rte 2 north(west) approximately 10 miles.
From south and north: I-395 to exit 79a. Rte 2a east to Rte. 2 south (east).
From west: Rte. 2 south (east) from Norwich.
To Norwich: 5 miles
To New London: 18 miles
To Boston: 100 miles
To Providence: 52 miles
To Hartford: 50 miles
Town Hall Hours
Tuesday – Friday, 9am-4:30pm
Thursday 9am – 6:30pm
389 Route 2
Preston, CT 06365
Waterford is a shoreline town bounded on three sides by water. Long Island Sound is our south boundary, the Niantic River flows along our west boundary, and the Thames River flows by our east boundary. Waterford enjoys a Selectman-Representative Town Meeting form of government which is rooted in its New England traditions. The town government is composed of boards, commissions, and agencies, and is served by a variety of community groups.
The town most recently has become the retail hub of Southeastern CT with the opening of Waterford Commons, and an additional number of national retailers on the Rte 85 corridor near the Crystal Mall.
Town offices are open M-F, 8am to 4pm
Waterford is located on the SE coast of Connecticut between New London on the east, East Lyme on the west and Montville on the north. Exits 80-82 from I-95 and exit 77 from I-395 are located in Waterford. We are approximately 1 hour from either Bradley International Airport in Hartford/Springfield or TF Green Airport in Providence and 10 minutes from New London’s Amtrak Station.
Lisbon is the land between two rivers, according to Indian lore. It is bounded by the Shetucket and Quinebaug Rivers. Running through the center of Lisbon is Route 169, a scenic road which is in the National Heritage Corridor.
A 32.1 mile section of Route 169 was designated a State Scenic Highway in 1991, and a National Scenic Highway by the Federal Highway Administration in 1996. A ride along this road defines the beauty and charm that is New England.
This quiet, rural community with an excellent and modern school system also offers cultural, recreational, commercial and retail opportunities in a modern and scenic setting.
Lisbon is situated in northern New London County, just to the East of the City of Norwich. It is bi-sected by I-395 and is accessible from exits 83A and 84 off I-395.
The “Rose City” of southeastern Connecticut is blooming with major revitalization efforts, including the new 89,711 square foot Mercantile Exchange in Downtown Norwich, and recent designation of the Downtown as a Main Street Community. From its 19th century emergence as a retail and manufacturing center, Norwich has continued its role as a leader in southeastern Connecticut. With a multiethnic population and organized efforts to revitalize the downtown Chelsea District, Norwich is adapting to its new position as a service and tourist destination.
Norwich is located in Eastern CT at the Junction of Routes 2, 32, 97 and I-395.
To Hartford: 45 miles
To New London: 14 miles
To Boston: 103 miles
To New York: 133 miles
To Providence: 52 miles
City Hall Hours
Monday through Friday 8:30am-4pm
More Norwich Links
- Norwich Community Development Corporation (NCDC)
- Foundry66 Co-working Space
- Norwich Public Utilities
- City on the Rise Videos