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Thompson, Connecticut, USA

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Where is Thompson, Connecticut, USA? 

Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA
Although Thompson is one of the largest geographical areas in northeastern Connecticut (some 45 square miles) it has no one single center of identity. Instead, most of its residents identify themselves with the "village" that is closest to them.

Thus Thompson has become known as the town of 10 villages. The Thompson Historical Society has considerable information about each of the villages and its history, together with many photographs of each area and its denizens. The following is only a brief description of the most important or famous historical event in each of the villages. The villages are:

East Thompson
Site of the only 4-train wreck in the history of the United States. The wreck took place in 1891.

Noted primarily for the Keegan Mill, originally built by Smith Wilkinson, which was a major employer in the area for some 100 years.

Originally known as "New Boston". Settled mainly by Swedish residents.

Named after the Quinebaug River, which flows through the area.

Located next to Quaddick State Park, and famous for hardy souls braving the lake's cold water on the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Day swim.

Located along the banks of the French River.

Location of the Grosvenordale Mill, later owned by Belding Heminway Corp., and now being demolished to make way for other economic development.

North Grosvenordale
Originally developed as Masonville, a prosperous mill town typical of many New England mill towns, primarily settled by French Canadian immigrants and their descendants, but also home of immigrants from Greece, Romania, Turkey, and Sweden. The mill area was named after William Mason, whose family had developed the mills. William Mason built a magnificent mansion on Thompson Hill.

Thompson Hill
The earliest settled area in Thompson, and the early location of local industries. After the advent of the mill villages of Grosvenordale and North Grosvenordale, the industrial activity declined on the Hill, which became the residence of wealthy mill owners. Its reputation remains to this day.

West Thompson
West Thompson was a thriving area of farms and open spaces, until the flood of 1955, after which the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers flooded the village in order to operate a new dam to prevent further floods in the About/ about.html

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Thompson, Connecticut, USA - The Vernon Stiles Tavern, Thompson, Conn.
Thompson, Connecticut, USA

The Vernon Stiles Tavern, Thompson, Conn.

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Thompson, Connecticut, USA - Main Street, Looking South, Thompson, Conn.
Thompson, Connecticut, USA

Main Street, Looking South, Thompson, Conn.
Thompson, Connecticut, USA - Carolyn Hall Lodge. Thompson, Conn.
Thompson, Connecticut, USA

Carolyn Hall Lodge. Thompson, Conn.

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Thompson, Connecticut, USA - M. E. Church, E. Thompson, Conn.
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M. E. Church, E. Thompson, Conn.
Thompson, Connecticut, USA - Howe Marot Jr. College
Thompson, Connecticut, USA

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1819 - Thompson
Thompson, a post township, is situated in the northeast corner of the county and State, 47 miles...Read MORE...

News  1830 - 100th Birthday
The celebration of the hundreth birthday of a venerable citizen named Melatiah Mason, of Thompson,...Read MORE...

Departed this life at Thompson, Connecticut, on the 12th ult., Mr. Ezekiel Blackmarr, in the 99th...Read MORE...

News  1860 - Throwing Brickbats in Sleep
A young man residing in West Thompson, Connecticut, rose in his sleep, Sunday night crawled through ...Read MORE...

News  1865 - Counterfeit Notes
BOSTON, July 26. - Well executed counterfeit $10 bills on the Thompson Bank, of Thompson,...Read MORE...

News  1868 - Isaac Sherman, of East Thompson, Conn., is building two paper houses, small sized, for tenements.
They are framed like other houses, and instead of being boarded or clap-boarded, the frame is...Read MORE...

News  1874 - A Curious Clock
A Thompson, Connecticut, clock company has shipped a curious clock to San Francisco, to be placed...Read MORE...

News  1875 - Shooting
A tragedy which grew out of a drunken row, occurred in Thompson, Conn., the 25th, when Edward Ryan...Read MORE...

News  1877 - Cure for Opium Habit
A resident of Thompson, Connecticut, publishes a cure for the "opium habit" that seems very simple. ...Read MORE...


News  1899 - FIRE AT EAST THOMPSON. Railroad Station, Engine House and Signal Tower Burned Down.
New London, Nov. 7. - The railroad station at East Thompson, Conn., on the main line, Midland...Read MORE...

Thompson, a post-village of Windham co., Conn., in Thompson township (town), on the New York, New...Read MORE...

1940 - Railroad Abandoned
April 11 - The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Co. abandons its rail line from Webster to...Read MORE...

Ancestors Who Were Born Here

flag  Smith ARNOLD (1779, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - 5 April 1862, Granby, Massachusetts, USA)

flag  Charles BARROWS (1774, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - 15 November 1846, Brimfield, Massachusetts, USA)

flag  Erastus BIXBY (1801, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - 22 March 1868, Brimfield, Massachusetts, USA)
flag  Johnson BIXBY (1794, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - 28 January 1872, Brimfield, Massachusetts, USA)

flag  Sally COOPER (1803, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - 9 February 1866, Brimfield, Massachusetts, USA)

 flag  Evelyn Pearl FEIGE (4 March 1912, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - 18 October 1981, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone
 flag  Vivian Louise FEIGE (22 March 1914, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - 27 December 1976, Webster, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

flag  Huldah HOWARD (1776, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - 21 June 1868, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville))

 flag  Edward Thomas KORCH (1 April 1897, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - 26 January 1971, Webster, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone
flag  Louise M KORCH (8 May 1919, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - 7 September 1997, Nashua, New Hampshire, USA (Dunstable))

flag  Alvin John LACHAPELLE (15 May 1912, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - 2 December 2004, Summerville, South Carolina, USA)
flag  Annette LACHAPELLE (1909, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - 1912, Thompson, Connecticut, USA) gravestone
flag  Arthur Andre LACHAPELLE (08 August 1905, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - 24 August 1987, Long Beach, Brunswick, North Carolina) gravestone
flag  George William LACHAPELLE (6 April 1904, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - 1 January 1984, Thompson, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

flag  Marie Mederise LEDUC (1872, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - 1936, Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

flag  Abraham MASON (10 July 1763, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - 30 September 1852, Thompson, Connecticut, USA)
flag  Abraham MASON (5 April 1794, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - , )
flag  Calista MASON (23 November 1806, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - , )
flag  Levi MASON (20 December 1786, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - , )
flag  Lydia MASON (4 October 1798, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - , )
flag  Noah MASON (11 March 1803, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - , )
flag  Sally MASON (8 March 1789, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - , )

flag  Eleanor SHEFFIELD (1822, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - 3 September 1863, Brimfield, Massachusetts, USA)

flag  Lydia TOURTELLOTT (1790, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - 29 January 1877, Brimfield, Massachusetts, USA)

flag  Nancy F. TOWNS (1808, Thompson, Connecticut, USA - 24 March 1869, Brimfield, Massachusetts, USA)

Ancestors Who Died Here

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