Stonington is a town on the southern half of Deer Isle, an island located about two-thirds the way up the Maine coast. First settled by Native Americans around 5,000 years ago, and then by Europeans in the 1600s, human life on the island has always been rooted in a strong connection with the surrounding environment. People have made their living off the land in one way or another since they’ve been here, and it continues to this day, with the fishing industry being well-represented along Stonington’s waterfront.
Stonington is the gateway to the Merchant’s Row archipelago, one of the largest clusters of islands in the country. Natural beauty abounds in this corner of the world, tucked away on the very end of a remote peninsula, lending Stonington a secret-garden feel. Hiking trails snake into the island and along the shore, the smell of salt and pine pervades throughout, and a unique blend of a creative economy and an industrial economy help create a multi-faceted culture. 19th century buildings line the narrow and winding streets of downtown, enhancing the feeling of being transported back in time.
Stonington’s identity is that of a year-round working town, a fishing town, an artist’s enclave, a nature-lovers paradise, and a place with a well-preserved, traditional way of life. For ideas of what to do when you’re here, visit the website of the Deer Isle - Stonington Chamber of Commerce at deerisle.com.