Stonington's Steamboat Hotel

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From 1837 to 1900, the tiny borough of Stonington, Connecticut, was a major transportation hub on the route between New York and Boston. Steamboats leaving Manhattan followed Long Island Sound to Stonington Harbor, where passengers boarded trains for the rest of the journey to Providence or Boston. Stonington’s Steamboat Hotel, built in 1838 near the piers and railroad yard, was home to saloons, restaurants, a pool hall, a cigar shop, a tailor and a barber shop. Merchants, hotel keepers and saloon workers passed through the building, each with their own unique story. Many of them were immigrants or first-generation Americans, and they are a window on a late nineteenth-century class of merchants and service workers. Join local author Stuart Vyse as he reveals a lively portrait of remarkable harmony in a small village that was far more diverse than it is today.
ISBN: 9781467152952
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Connecticut
Series: Landmarks
Images: 79
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Stuart Vyse is a psychologist and writer. He is the author of Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition (Oxford, 2014), which won the William James Book Award of the American Psychological Association; Going Broke: Why Americans (Still) Can’t Hold On to Their Money (Oxford 2018); Superstition: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2020); and, most recently, The Uses of Delusion: Why It’s Not Always Rational to Be Rational (Oxford, 2022). He has lived in Stonington, Connecticut, for more than twenty years. All author proceeds from this book will be donated to the Stonington Historical Society (
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