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4th Annual Stonington Lobster Trap Tree
on display from November 23, 2024 - Sunday, January 5, 2025


Enjoy taking photos for your personal use!  No photographs may be used for commercial use. 

Copyright 2022 Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce.  All Rights Reserved

Please respect the art made by children and professional artists.   The Stonington Lobster Trap Tree is first and foremost a fine art exhibit.  Consider it an outdoor museum. As such, we require that you refrain from touching any of the buoys. While it is only natural to want to see the amazing work on the reverse side of the buoys, the metal traps can scratch the art when buoys are turned. Instead we encourage you to utilize this website to view photos of both sides of each buoy.   It is your responsibility to insure that pets and children are far enough away from the buoys, traps and lights so that they do not touch them. Thank you very much for your cooperation.  

Lobster Trap Tree Hours:
Exhibit will be opening Saturday, November 23rd 4:30PM

​The Stonington Lobster Trap Tree opens at dawn. The Tree will be lit every night between 4:30 - 9:30 PM until January 5, 2025. Tree will be lit from 4:30 - 6 PM on January 5, 2025. 

Inclement Weather - The tree is open when its raining but volunteer tree docents will not be on site to take pictures during inclement weather.  If there is a snow storm, we reserve the right to close off the entrance to the tree as a precaution due to the weight of the snow on the structure.  Any closures would be posted on the Stonington Lobster Trap Tree Facebook page.


If you would like to make a donation to the
Stonington Lobster Trap Tree, please

Parking Options in Stonington Borough:

  • Stonington Town Fisherman Docks, 1 High Street, Stonington.
  • Street Parking - please take note of all parking signs and regulations as to not get ticketed or towed.
  • 192 Water Street, Stonington Borough - courtesy of Joe Gilbert
  • 194 Water Street, Stonington Borough - courtesy of Dodson Boat Yard
  • The Point - beyond the light house.
Lobster Trap Tree 2023 Buoy Facts:

  • The tree is made up of 450 Lobster Traps

  • The tree features 454 Buoys Total:

  • 196 Sponsor buoys

  • 153 artist buoys available for auction

  • 40 created by Stonington children

  • 23 devoted to the commercial fishermen

  • 25 sponsored by community members

  • 11 memorial buoys

  • 3 wedding buoys

  • 1 engagement buoy

  • 2 anniversary buoys

  • Marriage Proposals that took place in the Tree:

    • 2022 - 6 proposals

    • 2021 - 3 proposals

Some of the Expenses for the 2023
Lobster Trap Tree:

  • $17,159 Paid to artists to paint sponsor and fisherman buoys

  • $9,100 for 450 buoys

  • $4,900 Website Development/updates & Auction Website

  • $4,540 for 454 individual Facebook posts featuring buoys.

  • $3,030 for lobster traps

  • $2,400 for Night of Lighting Shuttle

  • $1,953 Mileage: Delivering and picking up buoys

  • $1,800 Tree Copyright

  • $1,708 for electrical tie wraps

  • $1,600 Signage/Brochures

  • $1,500 Artists Reception

  • $1,100 Thank you event for major sponsors

  • $1,000 to St. Mary's Church for buoy auction venue

  • $700 Commissioned art for puzzle

  • $600 Traffic Control for 11/25/23

  • $600 Paper & ink for artist instructions/info design print outs

  • $450 for storage totes

  • $390 Pine Shavings 

  • $232 Certificates of Authenticity

  • $150 hand warmers for volunteers

  • $80 Buoy Display carousels

Image by Sarah Elisabeth


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The architectural masterpiece will be situated on a grassy area at the Stonington town dock, paying homage to the town’s renowned fishing industry.   A visit to the Stonington Lobster Trap tree is a magical experience and provides unique photo opportunities.  Whether you view this spectacle during the day or at night, the beautiful landmark provides an eclectic buoy exhibit that is a flawless balance between stunning professionally painted works and those created by local children. 


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