Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House, Stonington

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · History Museum
The Capt. Nathaniel B. Palmer House is a historic house museum in Stonington, Connecticut, built in 1852 - 54. The house is a transitional style between the Greek revival and the Victorian Italianate. It was built for Nathaniel Brown Palmer (1799–1877), who was a seal hunter, a pioneering Antarctic explorer, and a major designer of clipper ships. The house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1996. Threatened with demolition, it was acquired by the Stonington Historical Society in 1994, which operates it as a museum devoted to Palmer.
The Palmer House is set on a point of land separating Quanaduck Cove from Lambert Cove to the north of Stonington's central village. It occupies a 4acre plot of land, all that is left of extensive Palmer family holdings. It is a roughly square wood frame structure, three bays wide and 2-1/2 stories in height, with a kitchen ell. The roof is hipped, with a gable at the center of each facade. At the center of the roof is an octagonal cupola with windows providing a 360-degree view. The main entrance is sheltered by a flat-roof portico supported by pairs of fluted and tapered Corinthian columns, with paired paneled pilasters flanking the double door. The windows on the main facade are framed by molded cornices with consoles. Roof lines of the main roof, portico, and cupola have dentil-like consoles and brackets. The interior of the house follows a central hall plan, with four rooms on each floor. The public rooms have particularly well-executed plaster, woodwork, and marble decoration. Of particular note is the captain's study on the ground floor, which features built-in cabinetry with shelving for nautical charts with mahogany-veneered paneled doors.
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  • Toured the Nathaniel Palmer house after touring the Stonington Lighthouse. The docent this day was excellent and gave us a grand tour of this beautiful mansion. I can't remember her name, but she.....  more »
  • This property was awesome! The grounds were very cool, the house is a great example of the times. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, but not as pleasant as I would have liked. We loved...  more »
  • Highly informative!
  • Very nice tour. Great people

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