Kentford Farm History

The Homestead commonly known in the Stonington community as Kentford Farm sits on the original Boston Post Road, and is set gracefully as you enter between granite stone pillars and iron gates on five rolling acres. The homestead is nestled between mature pine trees, magnolias, weeping cherries, rhododendrons, azaleas, maples, wisteria, and garden plantings. Kentford Farm is accented with rolling stone walls that border the property boundaries and blend seamlessly with neighboring walls. The pristine root cellar is set into a natural hillside bank and is still used to store bulbs and tubers during the cold of winter. The home is surrounded by field stone patio work and accented by a sitting garden on the western side of the property.

Isaac Thompson, a Westerly, Rhode Island merchant, built Kentford Farm for his blacksmith son. More recently Kentford was a working farm owned by Thomas Dunn, former design engineer for the Nautilus Submarine. The Dunn family farm was a working farm complete with cows, goats and chickens. The Dunn family graciously deeded 80 adjoining acres to the Town of Stonington for open space preservation.

The perennial gardens have been built to complement previously established heritage gardens. The historic property is complete with a Koi pond, waterfall, trellis, strolling and sitting gardens, and is the perfect attraction for a garden tour, special occasion or private party.

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