Jacob Thompson House c. 1811
(drawing by Virginia Midyette)
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Jacob Thompson House
McCray Family Portraits*
Oil paintings given to the Monson Historical Society in May 2005 in memory of Carlos C. and Elsie B. McCray
Harvey White - born 5-18-1781 - died 8-18-1855
Elizabeth Bush White - born 2-16-1786 - died 3-9-1855
Wife of Harvey White
Orsamus White - born 12-7-1806 - died 6-15-1888
Son of Harvey White
Phoebe Grout Hoar White - born 10-31-1806 - died 9-28-1881 Wife of Orsamus White
Julia M. White - born 6-18-1831 & Abraham Haskell White - born 1-19-1829,
brother and sister, children of Orsamus and Phoebe White
Harvey White and Elizabeth Bush White were married on 1-9-1806
They had 8 children - Orsamus being one of them.
Orsamus White and Phoebe Grout Hoar White were married on 3-29-1828
Their children being Julia M. and Abraham Haskell White
Julia M. White (the little girl) married Calvin Pease
Their daughter Alice Pease married Orrin Cone McCray
Their son was Carlos Calvin McCray who married Elsie Bemis
Their two sons are Robert Cone McCray and Donald Calvin McCray
*The photos have been electronically enhanced in order to provide better views
Interior Photos - Thompson House
View from Front Hall
Detail of Stenciling
Dollhouse in Child's Bedroom
Joel Norcross Bed
Antique Household Gadget Collection
Milk Bottles from Monson Dairies
Desk in the North Parlor
King's Daughters & Sons quilt owned by Monson Historical Society. There are over 700 signatures embroidered on the quilt. Quilt documentors believe it was a fund raising effort. More research is needed to find out when the quilt was made & what it commemorates.
Quilt Owned by Monson Historical Society (1860 ca.)
"Old Italian Block" or "Snowflake" pattern.
Donated by Esther Betters (research is needed to determine who she was)
About Jacob Thompson and His Home In Monson
- In 1811, Jacob Thompson, a young lawyer in Holland, MA, decided to move his growing family to Monson
- He purchased a 100-acre parcel of land from Joel Norcross (one of his clients), just north of the Meeting House
- He immediately started building this Georgian style home
- Monson was a fast growing community with several mills springing up along the Chicopee Brook
- Monson Academy had opened its doors to students six years before
- Business opportunities were brisk
- Inside the house, the Thompsons spared no expense decorating their high style home
- The stenciling in the front hall is a restoration of the original decoration
- The floors are painted, as were the originals when paint was expensive and difficult to obtain
- The Monson Historical Society recently acquired Federal Period furniture
- from the descendents of Joel Norcross and
- from the Grace Makepeace Trust for Historic Preservation
Monson Garden Club Grant
Look closely at the photo below of the Green Street house in the 1890's:
Against the porch on the left-hand side, there is a trellis.
Dennis Swierad of the Monson Historical Society duplicated the design of the trellis,
and two trellises have now been installed on the right-hand side.
Four climbing roses have been planted, also as part of the grant.
Thompson House Paint Project
The paint on the house was peeling badly and, before repainting, it was decided to hire a professional to analyze and determine the original colors.
Here is the house, with its new, historically accurate colors
Sara B. Chase, Preservation Consultant from Lexington, MA undertook the job.The photos below are of her visit in the Spring, 2003. Scroll down to see the recommended paint colors.
Steet elevation of Jacob Thompson House, badly peeling
Chase studying bricks
Brick End of Thompson House
Chase Taking Samples from Cornice Return
View of urn & frontispiece
Chase taking paint samples
Fine detail of moulding was obscured
by heavy paint buildup
Chase determined that the orginal paint color on the siding was a Federal light soft neutral gray with a whitish ivory color on the trim, windows and sashes.
The front door was mahogany-grained. The two urns above the front door were marbelized.
Most interesting was the fact that the two brick ends of the house were painted - a deep brick red with the mortar joints painted white.
Examples of the paint colors may be seen below:
Federal Gray Siding
White Trim Color
The front of the house has been painted in the fall of 2005 - work will continue in the spring
The Annual Meeting May 31, 2003
The last group photo of the Monson Historical Society was taken in 1960.
The people attending the 2003 Annual Meeting gathered on the grand staircase of the Horatio Lyon Mansion.
The names are listed below:
People on the ground floor, left to right. Jim O'Brien, Jeff Lord, Sue Klisiewicz, Bob Carpenter,
John Mumford, Bettyle Carpenter, Helen Klisiewicz, June Mumford, Marie Haley,
Chris Haley, Morgan Hodskins, Dennis Swierad, Bill Hatton, Derek Campbell.
On the stairs top to bottom, left to right: Jim Haynes, EmmaLadd Shepherd, Ellen Haynes,
Bob Fay, Tamara Cabey, Donald Klisiewicz, Evelyn Hodskins, Denise Koran-Klisiewicz,
Mary Swierad, Darlene Campbell, Jacquie Hatton, Denis Duquette, Moira Hatton
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