Town of Thompson, CT

Town of Thompson, CT Thompson is a unique town located in the northeast corner of Connecticut bordering Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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Thompson Department of Public Works

Thompson Department of Public Works

The Department of Transportation has finally completed work at the Wilsonville Rd rail crossing. The road was reopened late yesterday afternoon. Saturday's snow and rain was a major cause for the delay of completion.

The Thompson Historical Society

The Thompson Historical Society

Village signs. 18" x 2 1/2" x 1/4" $17.00 each. Colors as shown. Available: E. Thompson, Fabyan, Grosvenordale, Mechanicsville, N. Grosvenordale, Quaddick, Quinebaug, Thompson, Thompson Hill, W. Thompson, Wilsonville

As a third party vendor The Town of Thompson's Town Clerk's office is happy to help you.

As a third party vendor The Town of Thompson's Town Clerk's office is happy to help you.

Attention Migratory Bird Hunters: If you purchase your CT Migratory Bird Stamp, which includes the HIP Permit, through a third-party vendor (businesses and town halls), changes are being implemented, beginning with any 2021 license sales. Learn how these changes affect you at These changes DO NOT APPLY to HIP Permits/CT Duck Stamps purchased through DEEP's Online Licensing System.

Connecticut Fish and Wildlife

Connecticut Fish and Wildlife

Check out the deer hunting season harvest by town so far, from Sept. 15 to Nov. 30:
Photo courtesy of Phil Bigelow.

Thompson Department of Public Works

Thompson Department of Public Works

The Transfer Station Will be closed for the remainder of today due to the storm. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Thompson Department of Public Works

Thompson Department of Public Works

As a reminder, beginning tomorrow 12/4/2020 Wilsonville Rd will be closed from RT 12 to Wagher and Pompeo Rd due to the removal and replacement of the rail crossing this weekend. Work is scheduled to conclude on Monday afternoon but may get held up due to Saturdays rain. The road will reopen upon completion of work.

Thompson Department of Public Works

Thompson Department of Public Works

Please watch your step in the Riverside park and River Mill Village area. We have had 2 storm drain grates go missing in as many weeks. Some of these structures are over 10 feet deep and could cause very serious injury if someone fell in. If you notice a missing grate please contact the Selectmen's office to report it at 860-923-9561, for after hours please contact CT State Police Troop D at 860-779-4900.

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Thompson Recreation

Thompson Recreation

Art @ the Library* | Thompson CT
Art @ the Library* | Thompson CT

Art @ the Library* | Thompson CT

Calling all crafty Thompson community members: Did you craft during the pandemic to help pass the time?

Read about exciting things happening at Fort Hill Farms!
The Future of Connecticut Farming

Read about exciting things happening at Fort Hill Farms!

“We started out as a dairy. We will always be a dairy,” said Kies Orr, 27, who co-owns and operates Fort Hill Farms in Thompson where she has 210 milking cows and just under 500 cows total.  Orr is a fourth generation farmer but before her parents fully bought the dairy farm from her grandparen...

CT - Cares Small Business Grant Application opens at 8pm tonight!
CT Cares Small Business Grant Program

CT - Cares Small Business Grant Application opens at 8pm tonight!

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Town of Thompson, CT's cover photo

The Thompson Historical Society

The Thompson Historical Society

WINY Radio

WINY Radio

FROM THE NEWSROOM: (THOMPSON) Plans to make the site of a historic train wreck in East Thompson into a permanent park are opening up for public input, according to Thompson Director of Planning and Development Tyra Penn.

The Great East Thompson Train Wreck of 1891 is considered one of the most severe train wrecks in American history, involving four trains and resulting in two deaths and hundreds of injuries. 129 years later, the Town of Thompson is inviting hikers, cyclists and historians – as well as any interested members of the public whether they live in Thompson or not – to join a virtual public workshop next Tuesday to discuss what the future of this site along the Air Line Trail should be.

“Last year, late spring/early summer, I submitted a grant request to the National Parks Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program to help develop the site of the Great East Thompson Train Wreck into a permanent interpretive site,” Penn explained. “The Historical Society hosts some very popular guided tours there; they’ve done them as a part of the Last Green Valley Walktober a few times and they’re super well attended. But there’s nothing permanent there that commemorates this piece of history which is completely unique. Locals may know that it’s the site of the only four-engine train wreck in United States history, but that is, again, a very unique feature; it only exists here and we’d like to be able to call attention to it.”

That grant was awarded, and now Thompson has had two partners with the National Parks Service to consult with and do walk-throughs of the site since January, with the assistance program extended so it runs through September of next year. Penn says the plan is to compile the value of the work done with this non-monetary grant, and put that toward another at least two monetary grant applications – one to Connecticut Humanities for interpretive signs and artifacts, and another to the National Endowment for the Arts for creative placemaking.

The virtual public workshop on the design of the “Train Wreck Park” will be held next Tuesday, November 10th from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.

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Residents of Thompson who are not registered voters may register and be issued a ballot by the Registrars of Voters in the Town Hall on Election Day. Applicants must be United States citizens and have attained the age of 18 on or before November 3, 2020. Applicants must present identification and evidence of street address (driver's license, utility bill, rent receipt, etc.). If the applicant has not already voted in another Connecticut municipality, the applicant will be issued a ballot and allowed to vote. The registration and voting must be completed before the polls close at 8:00 p.m.

Town hall staff are ready for Halloween!  Share your costume pictures below to show us your Halloween spirit! Have a saf...

Town hall staff are ready for Halloween! Share your costume pictures below to show us your Halloween spirit! Have a safe and fun Halloween!

The Connecticut Office of the Governor, Department of Housing, and Connecticut Housing Finance Authority have created a ...
Survey of Residential Landlords – October

The Connecticut Office of the Governor, Department of Housing, and Connecticut Housing Finance Authority have created a survey to better understand the impact that COVID-19 has had on landlords and tenants. To participate in this survey click on the link

This survey is being conducted by the Office of the Governor, the Department of Housing, and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, who are collaborating on how to respond to the challenges facing renters and landlords due to COVID-19. The survey closes on Friday, November 6. Please answer each....


Limited Registration Session:
Monday, Nov. 2, 2019, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, for persons who have attained residency, citizenship or 18 years of age since October 27, 2020.


Registration in person: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Last day before Election Day to register in person at the Thompson Town Hall. The Town Hall is located on 815 Riverside Drive, and Registration can be done at the Registrar's Office.
Registration by mail or online: Must be received by the Registrars of Voters no later than Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020.

Guidelines are issued by the state for the following sectors: senior centers, amusement parks, hotels / lodging, restaur...
Connecticut COVID-19 Response

Guidelines are issued by the state for the following sectors: senior centers, amusement parks, hotels / lodging, restaurant, museums/ zoos/aquariums, indoor recreation (e.g., bowling, movie theaters, etc.), libraries, outdoor event, Indoor event, personal services (e.g., nail salons, tattoo parlors, etc.), sports and fitness facilities (e.g., gyms, fitness centers, pools, etc.), general business, film/television/digital media production, hair salons & barbershops , offices, and retail & malls.

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Governor Lamont Creates Program To Assist Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 announced today. Connecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program to Give $5,000 Grants to Eligible Small Businesses and Nonprofits. DECD estimates it will begin accepting online applications the week of November 9, and all of the funds are anticipated to be disbursed by December 30. Information on eligibility requirements, upcoming webinars, and other aspects of the program will be published at

On Sunday October 11, 2020, Thompson’s Six Months of Suffrage culminated in a Tour of Thompson Hill and a presentation, ...

On Sunday October 11, 2020, Thompson’s Six Months of Suffrage culminated in a Tour of Thompson Hill and a presentation, by Senator Mae Flexer, of citations from the CT General Assembly to the members of the Suffrage100 committee for the work that they did to commemorate this momentous 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. Approximately 50 people participated in the wonderful tour, guided by Thompson Historian, Joseph Iamartino.

The Thompson Historical Society was one of six partner organizations that spearheaded Thompson’s six month long celebration of the ratification of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. Additional partners included the Town of Thompson (Town Clerk, Director of Planning and Development, Recreation Department, TP Library, and Public Schools), CT Humanities, Thompson Together, Inc., Thompson Lions Club, and Historic New England (Roseland Cottage).

The purpose of the program was to shine a spotlight on the importance of voting and to encourage voter registration. We believe that the commemoration of the work of the Suffragists is more than a historical curiosity. Taking note of the centennial of the expansion of voting rights, we strove to illustrate that the struggle for full representation in American democracy is ongoing, and is in fact fundamental to the preservation of our radical experiment in self-governance.

In spite of COVID-19 we were able to soldier on by adapting to meet the state guidelines at any given time within the six months. Each of the events and performances was meant to demonstrate the relevance of our shared history. The first event, Suffragist sash making, was held via Zoom and was attended by girls and women of all ages. We received emails from across the country asking for the directions as they wanted to share it with girls and women in their organizations.

While marching in a parade was out of the question Thompson pivoted and did a vehicle only parade in which the Suffrage100 committee took part riding in a 1920 truck driven by owner, D.R. Hoenig and a Model-A driven by owner John Lenky

Author, Don Williams was the presenter for our next event, “Prudence Crandall’s Legacy”. Having written the book Don did a fantastic presentation via Zoom. While Ms. Crandall was born and lived in an early time period we felt her role in the antislavery and American civil rights movements was relevant to our program.

Then in the first outdoor concert of the season for the Recreation Department, Tyra Penn and the Snakes of Amazonia performed a patriotic program of American folk songs.

In August, Historic New England hosted a “No More Pink Teas” tea at Roseland cottage. Joanie DiMartino, historian and Director of the Prudence Crandall Museum, gave a resounding presentation of Connecticut’s women’s roles in the suffrage movement.

The Proper Ladies, Anabel Graetz and Deborah Goss, entertained attendees in Riverside Park with readings and songs that were sung by women as they led the social struggles of the period.

Susan B. Anthony came to life for those who joined Sheryl Faye’s Zoom presentation,”Failure is Impossible”. Ms. Anthony was an American social reformer and women’s rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement.

Thank you to all our partners, private donors, and participants who made Thompson’s Six Months of Suffrage a fantastic success. It’s hard to tell what impact our program had on increasing voter registration but we do believe we did our part in bringing awareness to the vast importance of registering to vote and then exercising that right.


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Tour de Quiet Corner: Virtual Fun Ride

The Quiet Corner Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (QC NEMBA) is holding its annual fundraiser as a virtual guided tour of six different riding locations in northeast CT from October 15 to November 15. After downloading the Trailforks app, anyone can follow 13 different planned routes with a smartphone. Routes range from a 6-mile novice loop at Mansfield Hollow to a 22-mile expert beat-down in Pachaug State Forest. QC NEMBA welcomes donations to help support its efforts to maintain trails (for all trail users) and advocate for recreational trail use in the Quiet Corner.

The Tour de Quiet Corner features at least one route in each of the following riding locations: Old Furnace State Park, Goodwin State Forest, West Thompson Dam, Mansfield Hollow State Park, Pachaug State Forest and Nathan Hale State Forest. Every route on Trailforks offers parking locations, mileage and elevation, suggested riding level, places to eat and area bike shops. Participants will have a chance to make a donation to support the chapter.

QC NEMBA is also offering great raffle prizes (including wool socks, shirts, neck gaiters and gift certificates for eats & drinks from our generous sponsors—see them on Trailforks links) to anyone who makes a donation and rides all 6 parks. Please share pix & adventures to their page.

The West Thompson Lake and Quinebaug River Loop is an 8.1 mile loop that will take you around the beautiful West Thompso...

The West Thompson Lake and Quinebaug River Loop is an 8.1 mile loop that will take you around the beautiful West Thompson Lake. It is a great hike, for people of all ages and even dogs! Now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall colors.


815 Riverside Drive
North Grosvenor Dale, CT

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Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 18:00
Friday 09:00 - 14:00


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Found: 5-6 month old female black kitten on Thompson rd. If you think she is your cat please either message me or call Lost and Found cat Shelter at (860) 315-5792
Found doggie on Blain Rd North Grosvenor Dale. No ID tags or collar. He is safe. I will bring him down to necogg in Dayville if he isn't claimed.
Does anyone know if the high school kids are collecting cans and bottles all year or just at the bottles drive a few months ago.
NOTICE! I am replacing the second edition of this video with a corrected version. Special thanks to Elliot Webb @ High Line Drones LLC - Drone Aerial Photography for the excellent work and cooperation on this project. Railroads were the King of transportation. They moved tones of fright and people to every part of every state in the US and other nations around the world in comfort and speed. When automobiles and tractor trailer trucks were invented it became possible to provide door to door movement of this same freight and people and with reliability and speed. The development of the Interstate Highway System beginning in the 1950’s continued to undercut rail and one by one they went out of business till today, only the most profitable lines remain in operation. In 1992, a group of walking and biking enthusiasts, railroad history buffs, conservation and parks groups, and active-transportation activists began meeting regularly in Washington, D.C., to mobilize efforts to preserve unused rail corridors for public use. The group quickly realized the need for a dedicated organization, and on Feb. 1, 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy opened its doors. Today, a total of 24,425 miles Projects: 848 rail-trail projects for a total of 9,030 miles State Rail-Trail, including the Air Line State Park Trail which shares the space with the East Coast Greenway from Willimantic to the MA State line in East Thompson. This is a story and a vision you can share "In 1965...Rails-to-Trails was still a highly localized movement; people said, 'We've got an abandoned railroad track, so let's use it.' Only gradually did there emerge a realization that America desperately needs a national trails system, and that unused rail corridors are the perfect backbone for that network." —Peter Harnik, RTC Co-founder
Thank you Thompson DPW for the quick tree clean up on Randall Road today.
Anyone know when the hoops are going back up? Other towns have put theirs up.
Primary election tomorrow!! Make your voice count!
Have you thanked one of the #EssentialSuperheroes today? It's easy, It's free, It'll make someone else feel better, It'll make you feel better. Sounds like a good idea to me, I'm gonna try it!
Maintaining the Tourtellotte Community Garden today. Blueberry bushes are planted.
I found a set of keys today on Porter Plain road. I would love to return them to their owner.
Awesome Parade TOWN OF THOMPSON 🤗💞
What’s with the fire dept parade?? I love it💜💜