Frequently Asked Questions

What Properties are in the Thompson Hill Historic District?

Answer: Please see the 1986-1987 survey report on the National Park Service site: httpss://

In Nathaniel Philbrick’s book, Travels with George, he mentions the Golden Ball being in East Thompson. I can’t find it. Information please.

Answer:   The one in Thompson was called the Brass Ball Inn and this was confused with the Golden Ball which was / is in Weston, MA. There was also a Golden Ball Tavern, now demolished, in Providence, RI.  Thompson’s Brass Ball Inn was on the CT / MA line near Toll-Gate Rock. The cellar hole is still there, almost opposite the CT / MA state line marker.  To find it, go past the Airline Trail park heading to Douglas MA. When you see the state boundary marker on your left, you have just missed the Brass Ball Inn foundation on your right hand side. The building burned in 1883. Nathaniel visited with some of us from THS to see the foundation in 2019 on his research trip for the book.


Do you have links to assist with family tree / genealogy research? 

Answer: Yes – please click here to go to THS genealogy research page.