The harbor is a working one filled with lobster boats, and if you are in a pleasure boat, be warned to stay out of their way as lobster boats have very little tolerance for any vessels other than their own.
Ashore there’s very little to see in Stonington, but it’s charming in its own way. If you are browsing, here’s some good advice: don’t walk in the street. Pickups have little more patience for interlopers than do lobster boats!
Mid July you may be lucky enough for a visit to coincide with Fisherman’s Day, a celebration of the men and women who bring in the lobster. I’m told more lobster comes from Stonington than any other place on the coast. That’s a lot of lobster!
For many years, granite quarrying was the economic mainstay of the area, but as happened on many Maine islands the industry faded away in the early 20th century. In its heyday, granite from Crotch Island, right across the water from Stonington, was used in building the Smithsonian, Boston’s Museum of Fine arts, Rockefeller Center and New York City bridges including the George Washington and the Triboro. Interestingly, new technology has made possible quarrying once again on Crotch Island.
Even with quarrying contributing to the economy, Stonington is and will likely always be a fishermen’s town. It is just one of the places that I think make Maine one of the more unique states in the U.S.
i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind