Tom Thumb House
|Location||351 Plymouth Street,|
|Architectural style||Second Empire, Italianate|
|NRHP reference No.||93000298|
|Added to NRHP||April 16, 1993|
The Tom Thumb House is a historic house in Middleborough, Massachusetts. The 21⁄2 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.
The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
Middleborough is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 23,116 at the 2010 census.
Charles Sherwood Stratton, better known by his stage name "General Tom Thumb", was an American dwarf, who achieved great fame as a performer under circus pioneer P. T. Barnum.
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).
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The William B. and Mary Chase Stratton House is a private house located at 938 Three Mile Dr. in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
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