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The Thompson Historical Society


Interior of ELM Thompson Historical Society Museum at the Ellen Larned Museum:

 In 1902, Ms. Ellen Larned, Windham County's most famous historian and a native of Thompson, CT, dedicated a small library building on Thompson Hill. Now, a century later, that library building has been given a new lease on life thanks to the Thompson Historical Society.

Society members Beth Greene and Barbara Weaver led a team of energetic volunteers for the better part of a year to create a wonderful addition to the Thompson scene. Beth Greene's creative spirit, hard work and determination to see the job through coupled with Barbara Weaver's outstanding administrative abilities have brought forth a museum worthy of Thompson's illustrious past.
The museum opened officially September 6, 2003.

The Thompson Historical Society Museum at the Ellen Larned Memorial Building is open the first Saturday of May, June, July, August, September, and October, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. It is also open by special appointment for school or group tours and out-of-town visitors. (
Call 860 923 3776 for details and schedule. Note too that many of the items sold in our noted Museum Shop are on sale in the museum as well.)

Our permanent exhibit features panels with photographs and information on the Ten Villages of Thompson. Historical items related to each of the Ten Villages are also on display. Artifacts from our beloved 'last country Doctor', Dr. Robert Child Paine, are available in our main viewing hall. Our revolving exhibit room features a Civil War exhibit helping us commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Our exhibits alone are outstanding and, in the setting of the old library, now given new color and vibrancy, the visitor almost steps back one full century to when the library was newly opened to the public in 1902. Stop by! The Ellen Larned Memorial Building is located on Historic Thompson Common, Rte. 193, in Thompson CT.