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Thursday
Aug062009

Captain Palmer House, Stonington, CT

Built in 1852, this house was the home for two brothers, both sea captains. They originally named the house “Pine Point” after the area between the 2 coves of Stonington.

The house has 16 rooms and was considered a marvel in its time. One bedroom contains a sink with running water, fed by a cistern on the roof which held rainwater. The Captain’s office has a built-in desk within a closet; another room has a china closet.

The older brother, Captain Nathaniel Brown Palmer, inadvertently earned fame--he landed on Antarctica during a sailing expedition for seals. He didn’t know that’s where he was until later. Today, a section of land in Antarctica is named “Palmer Land” in honor of him.

 

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