Introduction to Thompson, Connecticut
The territory which includes the present town of Thompson was originally inhabited by either the Nipmuck tribe or the Narragansett tribe. During 1670 - 1674, the Nipmucks rose to power and occupied a major portion, east of what is now Thompson Hill. They named it Quinnatisset. The breaking of King Philip's war caused the Nipmucks to join the Narragansetts and they were mostly destroyed. After King's Philip's defeat, an area of 5,000 acres was sold to non - resident Englishmen. In 1684, the area was divided into farms which were evenly distributed between Connecticut and Massachusetts after 1713. This led to the birth of the township of Killingly. In 1727, non resident land owners of Killingly together with Samuel Morris made an attempt to procure town privileges and so on May 1728 a society was officially incorporated that was later on named as Thompson parish, after Sir Robert Thompson, an English landholder. The first white man to settle here was Richard Dresser who purchased a place called Nashaway in 1707.
Thompson and nearby Attractions
- Quaddick State Park
- Brooklyn Historical Society Museum
- Huntington Homestead
- Chaplin Museum
- Roseland Cottage
- Bigelow Hollow State Park
Things To Do In Thompson
The town of Thompson is home to numerous parks including the Quaddick State Park, the Bigelow Hollow State Park, and the Mansfield Hollow State Park. There are various historical sites such as the Huntington Homestead, birthplace of Samuel Huntington who signed the Declaration of Independence. The Roseland Cottage, another historic site built in 1846, is a coral - colored Gothic Revival house with its own bowling alley.
Air transportation facilities are available at Worcester Regional Airport.
Thompson Higher Education
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester State College, and Clark University are the centers of higher education.