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Captain Nathaniel Brown Palmer House

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Address: Stonington, CT
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+1 860-535-8445

Palmer, an early ship captain, was the original inhabitant of this 16-room...

Palmer, an early ship captain, was the original inhabitant of this 16-room Victorian mansion.

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Saturday tour with the family

We arrived at 1:10 PM for a quick tour to find the door closed with a note saying the next tour started at 2:00. They close the front door at the start of each showing because... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2016
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

We arrived at 1:10 PM for a quick tour to find the door closed with a note saying the next tour started at 2:00. They close the front door at the start of each showing because there is only one staff member on site and they are busy showing the guests around so it makes sense but plan accordingly. The... More 

2 Thank Humarock_Seth
Bristol, Connecticut
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36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2016

With the admission to the Lighthouse Museum we were able to visit the house. We took the guided tour ands the young lady who gave the tour was very informative. The tour was nice.

1 Thank hpprokop
Brevard County, Florida
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905 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2015 via mobile

Free access to this museum with paid admission to nearby Lighthouse museum. Had never heard of or known the place existed. Very interesting history of prominent local family. Explorer of Antartica. Well maintained house with period artifacts. Very thorough tour and extremely knowledgable guide. Nice portraits on display - family history in pictures. Worth the stop and history lesson.

2 Thank Rita S
Adams, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2015

Captain Palmer was the man who discovered Antarctica. There was information about his trips and discovery. While this is not spectacular it's definitely worth it if you're in the area. Combined admission with the Lighthouse Museum.

2 Thank Robin L
Norwich, Connecticut
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403 reviews
167 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2015

We stopped here, as it was included in our price to get into the lighthouse museum, but it was well worth the stop. Our tour guide was interesting and informative and we were able to learn about Capt Palmer and the house. If you like history, it is worth the stop and the house itself is interesting, as it was... More 

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Stonington, Connecticut
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193 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2014

The Palmer house is a beautiful and historic site, but made all the more interesting to know the story of Captain Palmer, from his blockade running against the British as a teenager during the War of 1812 to his historic sighting of the coast of Antarctica.

1 Thank CMK43
Thorold, Canada
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39 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2014

Gorgeous example of mid-nineteenth century upper class living. The house is incredibly well put together and has a great story to tell. Well worth the 45 minutes or so to walk through.

Thank Len F
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 30 September 2014

Volunteers gave a a tour, and gave a fascinating overview of the 19th century captain credited with being one of the discovers of the Antarctic. Most of the houses is typical of wealthy Victorian families, but there is a very interesting museum room describing the ships he commanded and his accidental discovery of the Antarctic.

2 Thank MarkConnecticut
Long island, NY
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94 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2014

If you like to see how people lived in years gone by, this is a good example of it. Although there were renovations done to the house, and some of the articles were replications rather than authentic to the house... it was still set up to maintain how life was lived all those years ago. Just large enough to hold... More 

1 Thank Esoterica10
New York City, New York
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25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2013

The house is just BEAUTIFUL! The guide was very knowledgeable and took us all the way to the top of the house which offered a panoramic view of the bay. If you visit the lighthouse, you receive a voucher to visit the house for FREE! The house is in wonderful condition and a little known fact is that Captain Palmer's... More 

5 Thank Travel_Girl_Lisa

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