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Welcome to the Thompson Historical Society's Website

The icon of the Thompson Historical Society is our Old Town Hall building. The Old Town Hall, constructed about 1842, was possibly designed by Thompson born architect Ithiel Town, one of America's most noted early commercial architects.

Ithiel TownThe Old Town Hall has been called one of Ithiel Towne's last designs. While this claim has never been proven, it would make sense that Ithiel Towne, the founder of Towne & Davis, one of America's earliest professional architectural firms, performed this one last service for his beloved hometown, Thompson, CT.

The Old Town Hall building served as the center of Thompson's government for 80 years. Narrowly avoiding demolition in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Thompson Historical Society bought the building for $1 in 1968 and then spent nearly 20 years restoring the building. As with all historic buildings, regular and typically expensive maintenence is required to keep such a building in working order.

Since 1995, the building has served the Historical Society as a museum gift shop and has contributed to its own survival. In recent years, the larger expenses of roof replacement and painting regularly empty the maintenence funds available to the Thompson Historical Society.

A major capital campaign that concluded in early 2012 included.significant work to the bell tower and porch. The building received a full paint job and repairs to the porch floor and pillars.



Gift Shop

The Old Town Hall Gift & Holiday Shop is Open for the Season!

Your Must-Shop Christmas Experience Returns to the Old Town Hall
On the pristine Thompson Common
Hours: November 25, 26 & 27, December 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18 & 24 from
10AM until 4 PM each day

Visit Our Museum Shop page for more information

Exit 50 off I-395 (old exit 99), to RT 200
At the Thompson Hill Common. Rtes. 193 and 200. Thompson, CT

"Ye Old Jacobs Tavern Clock"

by Mark Snay

At the time of George Washington's visit to Jacob's Tavern in November 1789, a tall English made clock stood in the hall. Last heard of in 1892, THS sleuthing and some luck uncovered how this relic of Thompson's storied past travelled from Connecticut, to a Florida Antiques Mall and ended up in Tennessee.

Download the story in PDF format



Cover Picture

For information on the Thompson Trolley (and Trolleys in Connecticut) visit:

The Shore Line Trolley Museum

Click on image to visit The Trolley Museum web site


If anyone has rail or trolley related questions for the Thompson area, please see the acclaimed Tylercity station website and communicate with Thompson's rail expert:

Robert Joseph Belletzkie
Librarian, Historian, Ferroequinologist, WebStationmaster

Celebrating and preserving our railroad heritage at

Phone 203-913-9630

Supporting Thompson's rail heritage

1856 CT Map

For information on Thompson History to the 1890s visit:


Click on Map to see Thompson in 1856

1856 CT Map

Memories of a Thompson Boyhood
By Carroll Hiscox Arnold and Diane deManbey Duebber

People of Thompson will enjoy reading this heart warming true story of life in Thompson in the early 1900s

Download "Memories of a Thompson Boyhood" in PDF format

Echoes of Old Thompson Volume 2

We have many copies of the Echoes of Old Thompson Vol 2 still available for sale on To view the page or to order a copy click here.

Historic Barns

In the past two years, the Connecticut Trust has surveyed almost 900 barns across the state. This survey has yielded a wealth of information about Connecticut’s agricultural history and buildings, but it has also highlighted the threats that face many historic barns and related structures. Read more...

Echos of Old Thompson Errata Sheets:

Folks, as many of you know, whenever writing history books, we rely on memory which is only so good. Thankfully, our readers have helped us update and correct information found in the Echoes of Old Thompson Volumes I and II. For future readers of the books, please download and save a copy of the latest errata sheet.

Click Here to open Echos of Old Thompson Vol. 1 Errata Sheet