Elihu Spicer and the Spicer Mansion
If you drive around this area you’ll see the name Spicer all over. There’s Spicer Street, Spicer Marina, Spicer Propane, The Mystic/Noank Spicer Library — and an incredibly cool Spicer Mansion. Many of our tours feature an exclusive insider view of the Mansion!
Who was this guy Spicer?’
Elihu Spicer was born locally in nearby Noank in 1825. He went to sea extraordinarily early at age 9, and ultimately worked himself up to become shipmaster of a Bark, and later of Clipper Ships. He also captained a steamship for the Union during the Civil War. Later in his career he partnered with one of Mystic’s most powerful and successful shipbuilding families, the Mallorys. He enjoyed considerable success in the shipping business and became a significant local philanthropist. His signature contribution to Mystic was The Spicer (Mystic/Noank) Library, across the street from his former home. It is a spectacular, local historic landmark.
There is an extraordinary story behind the recent renovation of Elihu Spicer’s mansion on Elm Street.
After multiple owners and a troubled history through much of the 20th century, this beautiful building had fallen into disrepair and was on the verge of being condemned. Fortunately a local Stonington family purchased the property and has lovingly restored what has turned out to be a fabulous boutique Inn “…paying homage to the Gilded Age of refined hospitality….” Mystic Revealed walking tours provide a special glimpse into this local treasure.
Interesting note on the Spicer Mansion, it is a great example of how local shipbuilding impacted home design.
For a unique walking tour, food tour, historic tour or guided tour of Mystic, Stonington or Noank, please contact [email protected] the founder of Mystic Revealed.