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North Grosvenordale, 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 1901.

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 area. About/ about.html
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  • News 1895 - Wage Increase
    The Grosvenordale Company, North Grosvenordale, Conn., has posted notices in all of its mills that they will increase wages in all departments after...Read MORE...

  • News 1896 - Cannon Exploded
    PUTNAM, Conn., July 4. - Norton R. Williams was killed at North Grosvenordale this morning. A cannon which he as loading was hot and the charge...Read MORE...

  • News 1896 - Fire
    Fire in North Grosvenordale, Conn., totally destroyed the two largest business blocks in the town, together with two barns and adjoining sheds. Loss, ...Read MORE...

  • North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA
    Main Street
  • News 1903 - GIVES UP $15,000 SALARY. Because He Belongs to a Church With Strict Laws.
    WEBSTER, Mass., April 1. - Agent Messenger, of the Grosvenordale cotton mills at North Grosvenordale, Conn., will today give up his place on account...Read MORE...

  • News 1903 - LIGHTNING KILLS A BANKER. James Elliott, President of Thompson Bank, North Grosvenordale, Conn., Struck While Walking - Daughter Escapes.
    NORTH GROSVENORDALE, Conn., July 14. - James Elliott, fifty-five years old, President of the Thompson Bank in this town, was struck by lightning and...Read MORE...

  • 1906
    North Grosvenor Dale, a post-village of Windham co., Conn., on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 40 miles N. by E. of Norwich. It has...Read MORE...

  • News 1909 - Wage Increase for Thousand Workers
    By Associated Press.
    North Grosvenordale, Conn., August 3. - The operatives in the cotton mills here, numbering a thousand, are to receive an...Read MORE...

  • North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA
    Grosvenordale Mills, No. Grosvenordale, Conn.
  • News 1919 - Seeks to Settle Textile Strike
    Washington - With more than 500 textile workers on strike in North Grosvenordale, Conn., the Department of Labor has assigned Commissioner of...Read MORE...

    New London, Conn., July 31 - Mrs. Domicelle Anton, widow of Joseph Anton, of North Grosvenordale, this state, is bringing suit for $15,000 charging...Read MORE...

  • News 1927 - Auditors Find Deficit in North Grosvenordale Books
    NORTH GROSVENORDALE, Dec. 9. - (By Associated Press.) An official report of the auditors, which has been awaited by townspeople for the past six...Read MORE...

    PUTNAM, July 4. - (By Associated Press) The Fourth of July celebration of Paul Aucoin of North Grosvenordale ended disastrously today, when a...Read MORE...

    St. Thomas Aquinas’s Church Pastor Instantly Killed at Grosevenor Dale, Ct.


    Car Crashes Fence and Turns...

  • North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA
    Scene From Main Road, East of Community House, North Grosvenordale, Conn.
  • North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA
    St. Joseph's Church and Rectory, North Grosvenordale, Conn.

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