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Collections of the Thompson Historical Society

The Thompson Historical Society and the Tourtellotte Memorial High School Alumni Association have collaborated on an exciting project co-sponsored by the Last Green Valley. After many hours of volunteer effort, portions of our collections have been catalogued into our PastPerfect museum software. Temporary photographs have been used to aid researchers and to help the archivists correctly identify physical artifacts. Over time, we will replace those photographs with higher quality images.

Many people ask about the artifacts or photos in our collections. This on-line resource will help researchers and those interested in Thompson history to see some of the many items in our vaults. Please understand that this is only the beginning of our online collection. Check back regularly as we will be adding new material monthly.

Click Here to enter the online collections:

The Last Green Valley

Thompson Historical Society & Tourtellotte Memorial Room Collections

Many thanks to the Last Green Valley for their valuable support!

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See the Ron Jolicoeur Collection of "Then & Now" Photographs of Thompson Click here

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Thompson Civil War Soldiers - edited by Joseph Lindley, based on work from Jim Cutler

Click here to open Civil War Soldiers file

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The Barn Burnings in Thompson - 1874

Click here for Barn Burnings Text

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c1908 Building Tourtellotte Memorial High School, North Grosvenordale, CT

c1908 Building Tourtellotte Memorial High School, North Grosvenordale, CT

Earl Mead Farm after 1938 Hurricane, Quinebaug, boy is possibly Earl Meade Jr.

Giant Elm downed in 1938 Hurricane off Rt 197 Earl Meade Farm, boy is possibly Earl Meade Jr., photo courtesy of Frank Fitzgibbons

Quinebaug - Hon. Eben Stevens Residence - Intervale Mill Owner

Quinebaug - Hon. Eben Stevens Residence - Intervale Mill Owner

Willis Joslin with horses and wagon load of wood, East Thompson CT

Willis Joslin with horses and wagon load of wood - East Thompson CT

North Grosvenordale View of Main Street before new library was built

View of Main Street North Grosvenordale prior to the new library being built.

Note Long Blocks tenement / mill housing, now gone.

Forest Mills Rhodes on Indian motorcycle near greenhouses at Ream Estate c1908

Forest Mills Rhodes on Indian motorcycle near greenhouses at Ream Estate (now Marianapolis Preparatory School), c1908

John Hoenig and the Thompson Speedway

John Hoenig, and the Thompson Speedway

1836 Barber print of Thompson Hill with modern colorization

1836 John Barber Print of Thompson Hill with modern colorization. Note 2nd Cong. Church stands in the middle of the Thompson Common. The two signs stand opposite the two taverns, in the distance is the Vernon Stiles and closer to the viewer with the red edge is the original tavern on the Hill. Both the newly built Thompson Bank (now at Old Sturbridge Village) and the Baptist Church can be seen in this image.

Alice Fell Searls - wife of Honorable Charles E. Searls, noted State's Attorney for CT

Alice Fell Searls - wife of Honorable Charles E. Searls, noted State's Attorney for CT

 

North Grosvenordale CT - Joe Paquette Korean War POW returns 1953 - Main St.

Korean War POW Joe Paquette is welcomed home - 1953

Main St. No. Grosvenordale, CT

 

1938 Hurricane - Thompson Congregational Church without steep

1938 Hurricane -Thompson Congregational Church


 

THE END OF THE UPHAM SCHOOLHOUSE

1938 Hurricane - Thompson Congregational Church without steep

Upham Schoolhouse circa 1800's

 

1938 Hurricane - Thompson Congregational Church without steep

Upham Schoolhouse March 2014

 

1938 Hurricane - Thompson Congregational Church without steep

Upham Schoolhouse October 2014

The Story of Pvt. Henry W. Brown,

Thompson, CT

The U.S. Civil War 150th Anniversary

Henry Washington Brown - Civil War letters of Thompson CT

The letters of Henry W. Brown - transcribed

The Brown letters can be viewed in their original state. Note the PDF file below is large (254MB)

Original Letters

Documents from Henry W. Brown's Life

Reedville Dam, West Thompson, CT late 1800s

West Thompson, CT - Old Reedville Dam - 1890s

Pouring Rt 14 North Grosvenordale c1914

Route 12 being poured in 1914 - North Grosvenordale, CT

Chandler Store - North Grosvenordale CT 1880s

J.B. Chandler Store - North Grosvenordale, CT 1880s

Hospital Block, North Grosvenordale, CT  - 1890s

1890s - Believed to be the Hospital Block, N. Grosvenordale, CT - Main St

Trolley Track along the French River in Mechanicsville CT (Thompson)

c1909 - Trolley Tracks along French River, near Mechanicsville Mill

Thompson, CT

West Thompson Methodist Church, Thompson CT c1910

West Thompson Methodist Church, Thompson CT c1910, building moved to Belmont, MA

Pouring Rt. 12 in No. Grosvenordale ca 1914

Pouring Rt. 12 in North Grosvenordale ca. 1914

Barbara & George Weaver of Thompson Raceway fame, East Thompson CT

Barbara & George Weaver of Thompson Raceway fame, East Thompson CT
Click image above to view Thompson Raceway pages from Coldplugs web site. Ownership permissions from Valerie Clark.
Acknowlegements to John Coelhco.

Thompson Firemen in 1919 Parade celebrating the end of World War I, Grosvenordale, CT

Thompson Firemen in 1919 Parade celebrating the end of World War I, Grosvenordale, CT

Grosvenor-Dale Company Mill Built 1872 in North Grosvenordale CT, Interior View 1928

Grosvenor-Dale Company Mill Built 1872 in North Grosvenordale CT, Interior View 1928

Ice Storm on Thompson Hill - Quaddick Road

Ice Storm on Thompson Hill - Quaddick Road

Main Street North Grosvenordale

Main Street and Lutheran (Swedish) Church - North Grosvenordale, CT