Middleborough Historical Museum

Last updated

The Middleborough Historical Museum is a museum located at 18 Jackson Street, Middleborough, Massachusetts, and maintained by the Middleborough Historical Association. It is sometimes known as the Tom Thumb Museum for its extensive holdings of personal items from General Tom Thumb and his wife Lavinia Warren, who lived in the nearby Tom Thumb House. The museum was founded in 1961, and currently comprises 7 buildings as follows:

Middleborough, Massachusetts Town in Massachusetts, United States

Middleborough is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 23,116 at the 2010 census.

General Tom Thumb Circus performer

Charles Sherwood Stratton, better known by his stage name "General Tom Thumb", was a dwarf who achieved great fame as a performer under circus pioneer P.T. Barnum.

Lavinia Warren American proportionate dwarf and the wife of General Tom Thumb

Mercy Lavinia Warren Stratton was an American proportionate dwarf, who was a circus performer and the wife of General Tom Thumb. She was known for her appearance in one silent film, The Lilliputians Courtship (1915).

Building Exterior Contents
Mill House #1, c. 1820
Mill House 1, c. 1820 - Middleborough Historical Museum - Middleborough, MA - DSC04097.jpg
Entry, General and Mrs. Tom Thumb Collection, Art Gallery, Furniture Room
Mill House #2, c. 1820
Mill House 2, c. 1820 - Middleborough Historical Museum - Middleborough, MA - DSC03965.jpg
P. H. Peirce General Store, Deborah Samson Military Room, Toy Room, Kitchen, other rooms depicting social life
Blacksmith Shop, recent construction
Blacksmith shop, recent construction - Middleborough Historical Museum - Middleborough, MA - DSC03954.jpg
Wheelwright, Agricultural Tools, Ice Harvesting, Charcoaling, Cranberry Industry
Judge Wood Law Office, 1794
Judge Wood Law Office, 1794 - Middleborough Historical Museum - Middleborough, MA - DSC03956.jpg
Early Law Office, Lawrence B. Romaine Memorial Library
Whistle House, c. 1800s
Whistle House, c. 1800s - Middleborough Historical Museum - Middleborough, MA - DSC03960.jpg
1854 Hand Tub Fire Engine, 1934 Maxim Motors Fire Engine
Carriage House, recent construction
Carriage House, recent construction - Middleborough Historical Museum - Middleborough, MA - DSC03962.jpg
Transportation Vehicles, Antique Signs
Sproat Tavern Necessary
Sproat Tavern Necessary (outhouse), c. 1700 - Middleborough Historical Museum - Middleborough, MA - DSC03951.jpg
Five Seat Outhouse

Related Research Articles

Middleborough Center, Massachusetts Census-designated place in Massachusetts, United States

Middleborough Center is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Middleborough in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 7,319 at the 2010 census.

Taunton River river in Massachusetts, United States

The Taunton River, is a river in southeastern Massachusetts in the United States. It arises from the confluence of the Town River and Matfield River, in the town of Bridgewater. From there it meanders through the towns of Halifax, Middleborough and Raynham, through the city of Taunton for which it is named, the towns of Berkley, Dighton, Somerset, and the Assonet section of Freetown, to Fall River where it joins Mount Hope Bay, an arm of Narragansett Bay.

Nemasket River river in the United States of America

The Nemasket or Namasket River is a small river in southeastern Massachusetts. It flows north 11.2 miles (18.0 km) from Assawompset Pond in Lakeville and through Middleborough where it empties into the Taunton River.

Massachusettss 9th congressional district

Massachusetts's 9th congressional district is located in eastern Massachusetts. It is represented by Democrat William R. Keating.

Wankinco River river in the United States of America

The Wankinco River is a 7.3-mile-long (11.7 km) river in eastern Massachusetts, United States. It is a tributary of the Wareham River, which drains into Buzzards Bay.

Eel River (Massachusetts) river in the United States of America

The Eel River is a 3.9-mile (6.3 km) river mostly in the village of Chiltonville in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Its headwaters are springs and small ponds above Russell Millpond. Its watershed encompasses approximately 15 square miles (39 km2). It flows along Plimoth Plantation and Plymouth Beach for about ½ mile before emptying into Plymouth Harbor between the beach and Manters Point.

Plymouth South High School, also known as Plymouth South, or PSHS, is a public high school located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Its students are residents of the town of Plymouth. Plymouth South is one of two high schools in Plymouth, the other being Plymouth North High School. Plymouth South is located near the Long Pond neighborhood of Plymouth, west of Route 3 and The Pinehills development, and also adjacent to nearby Myles Standish State Forest, which is the biggest publicly owned recreation area in the South Shore region of Massachusetts, and also one of the biggest in the state. The school colors are Black, Teal and White and the school's teams are the Panthers.

Tom Thumb House (Middleborough, Massachusetts) historic house in Middleborough, Massachusetts

The Tom Thumb House is a historic house at 351 Plymouth Street in Middleborough, Massachusetts. The 2​12 story wood frame house was built in the 1870s as a summer home for the dwarf entertainer Charles Stratton, best known by his stage name, General Tom Thumb. It has Second Empire architecture, including a mansard roof, paired brackets in the cornice, and paired columns supporting the porch. The interior was built to meet the needs of the 3-foot-4-inch (102 cm) Stratton and his wife Lavinia, who was also a proportionate dwarf (midget,) however, few of its miniaturized features have survived.

Minnie Warren American entertainer

Huldah Pierce Warren (Bump) Newell, better known as Minnie Warren, who was a proportionate dwarf and an entertainer associated with P. T. Barnum. Her sister Lavinia Warren was married to General Tom Thumb. They were very well known in 1860s America and their meeting with Abraham Lincoln was covered in the press.

Count Primo Magri American dwarf and entertainer

Count Primo Magri (1849–1920) and Count Rosebud were the stage names of a 19th-century Italian dwarf who married Lavinia Warren, the widow of General Tom Thumb on Easter Monday, April 6, 1885 at the Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City.

Tom Thumb House may refer to:

Edmund Newell American entertainer

Edmund Newell, better known as General Grant Jr. or Major Edward Newell, was a 19th-century dwarf who gained fame as an associate of P. T. Barnum. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Edmund S. Newell and Sarah Ellen Jimmerson.

Pio Cristiano Museum

The Pio Cristiano Museum is one of the Vatican Museums. It houses various works of Christian antiquity.

WRRS is an FM radio station licensed to Middleborough Center, Massachusetts and is owned by Talking Information Center, Incorporated. WRRS operates with 400 watts on 88.5 MHz. It broadcasts programming from the Talking Information Center, a radio reading service for blind people normally heard on F.M. subcarriers. WRRS was granted its callsign on October 29, 2010. It began broadcasting in 2012. WRRS went silent as of December 28, 2016, but returned to the air December 22, 2017.

Nemasket Hill Cemetery

Nemasket Hill Cemetery is a cemetery located in Middleborough, Massachusetts. It was set aside as a burial ground in 1662, and is the oldest in Middleborough. The oldest engraved headstone here is that of Elizabeth Vaughan, who died on June 24, 1693.

The Pioneer Log Cabin Museum is a historical log cabin located in Cassopolis, Michigan, built in 1923. It was originally conceived as a temporary structure for the Pioneer Day Picnic by Charles Harmon, then Secretary of the Cass County Pioneer Society. 146 logs of various species were hauled on April 4, 1923, and construction began on May 23. Children were given the day off of school, and the Cassopolis Military band led a parade down South Broadway Street to Stone Lake, where the cabin was to be sited. A crew of forty six built the cabin. Each log had a serial number painted on the end which corresponded to the donor list. The cabin was dedicated on Pioneer Day: June 20, 1923.

Gull Island (Massachusetts)

Gull Island is a small island located just off the southeast coast of Penikese Island. It is part of the Elizabeth Islands and is entirely part of the town of Gosnold in Dukes County, Massachusetts. It was at one point used as a naval bomb area for aviators. Currently, it is uninhabited.


Coordinates: 41°53′34″N70°54′23″W / 41.8928°N 70.9065°W / 41.8928; -70.9065

Geographic coordinate system Coordinate system

A geographic coordinate system is a coordinate system that enables every location on Earth to be specified by a set of numbers, letters or symbols. The coordinates are often chosen such that one of the numbers represents a vertical position and two or three of the numbers represent a horizontal position; alternatively, a geographic position may be expressed in a combined three-dimensional Cartesian vector. A common choice of coordinates is latitude, longitude and elevation. To specify a location on a plane requires a map projection.