Canvas Tote Bag - THS - Large - Green
Thompson Historical Society
About Us
Our Purpose
Calendar of Events
Museum Shop
Museum Collections
ELM Building & Museum
Membership Information
Useful Links
How to Contact Us
Ask the Oracle
Photo Retouching

Wooden Building - Old Town Hall

Thompson Historical Society


Snow Man

The Wait is over!

Your Must-Shop Christmas Experience Returns to the Old Town Hall
On the pristine Thompson Common
Shop November 27-29, December 5&6, 12&13, 19&20 and 24 from
10AM until 4 PM each day

Over 25 years of delighted shoppers know that this is the premier Christmas Boutique in the area for gorgeously wrapped gifts for everyone on your list and the most beautiful and unique holiday décor.

  • Luscious handcrafted lap blankets from Portugal.
  • Hand-knitted afghans from the Aran Islands
  • Cozy fleecy bird-themed throws.
  • Fantastic down-filled holiday pillows
  • Elegant table runners in many designs for your table or gift-giving.
  • Show your individual Christmas style with elegant wreaths, stockings, whimsical décor and everything in between.
  • Hundreds of ornaments! Stunning ornaments by Raz.
  • Gifts for the cook.
  • Gifts for the men.
  • Gifts for the bird lovers and furry friends.
  • Cuddly stuffed animals.
  • Toys and games for all ages.
  • Tasty treats for the holiday palate.
  • Thompson Historical Society gifts, prints, books, and treasures.
  • Spend $50 and receive a free gift.

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

Available Items in the Gift Shop:


Echoes of Old Thompson Volume 1: Sorry - SOLD OUT. However, we find old copies on or frequently. Be sure to download the errata sheet.

Echoes of Old Thompson Volume 2: (ON SALE - PRICE REDUCED)- This book, released in late Fall 2006, is 304 pages and include many photos, stories and letters about Thompson residents, information on Maj. Robert Thompson, Lithic Structures and the complete Bayles text of Thompson and Putnam history. The THS member price for the leatherbound version is $39.00 (comes with a matching leather sleeve) and the softcover copy is $24.00. To have the books mailed to you, please send an additional $4.75 for media mail to the continental USA. Shipping insurance is an additional $1.30. Please provide your name, address and either an email address or telephone number. Mail to: Thompson Historical Society, Echoes of Old Thompson Books, PO Box 47, Thompson, CT 06277. Call 860 923 3776 for other details.

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.


The Movie "The Man in the Net" - DVD copies of the movie available at our museum shop. Featuring Alan Ladd!

The 2 volume set of Ellen Larned's "History of Windham County"

Artwork by local artists:
     Thompson Common, by Tom Menard (color)
     North Grosvenordale, by Tom Menard (color)
     Egg Hunt on the Common, by Donna Lange (color)
     Thompson Common, by David Wagner (pen & ink)
     Maps (reproduction)

Thus far the Society has reproduced the following hand-painted buildings and many are still available:

     Old Town Hall
     Library (Ellen Larned Building and now the Thompson Museum)
     Church (The Congregational Church on the Hill)
     Bank (Thompson Bank, now in Old Sturbridge Village)
     Inn (Vernon Stiles Inn)

     Gazebo in North Grosvenordale
     Post Office (Pepin's General Store in Fabyan)
     School (Tourtellotte High School)
     Hose House (Fire Dept. building in N. Grosvenordale)
     Mill (The Grosvenor Dale Company Mill, N. Grosvenordale)
     Mechanicsville School
     St. Joseph's Church, No. Grosvenordale
     Jacob's Tavern, E. Thompson. General George Washington ate breakfast at the tavern in 1789

The shop's staff of approximately 35 volunteers stocks many unique gifts to give or to keep, for instance:

Thompson Wooden Buildings painted by local artist Sarah Emmons

A booklet of Yankee Magazine stories about Thompson

Local items:  honey, maple sugar, bird feeders,

Prints of Tom Menard's painting "North Grosvenordale" & "Marianapolis"

************We are always looking for historical items, crafts and/or art from the greater Thompson area. Please email