Robert Thompson House // 1867

Just a few doors down from the Nathaniel Stone House (last post) in Farmingdale, Maine, this large Italianate style home similarly commands the prominent siting overlooking the Kennebec River. The house was built in 1867 for Robert Thompson (1806-1888), a Scotsman, who took over a pottery company in nearby Gardiner. Robert and his wife Phebe had two children, Lucy and David, the latter died within his first year of life. After the couple passed, they willed their home to daughter Lucy, who married a druggist, James Jackson. The Colonial Revival style doorway was added sometime after their passing in the early 20th century.

5 thoughts on “Robert Thompson House // 1867

  1. Cornelius November 4, 2021 / 8:47 pm

    Just a few corrections, the house is 1875 and built on the location of an 1820s home purchased by Mr. Thompson sometime around 1850. There was a fire on November 11th 1874 which destroyed it and a couple other homes and damaged the Lally mansion next door. Thompson not only owned a couple of stoneware factories but was the first man to locally introduce salt glaze to his stoneware. He was Mayor in 1851 and head of the board of directors at Gardiner Savings institution until his death. He had two other daughters besides Lucy and a son Robert H. Who was a drunk and disowned till he could become sober. Also all signs point to the front porch being original and it is shown in the 1878 birdseye view of thr area.

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    • Buildings of New England November 5, 2021 / 3:01 pm

      Thanks for the comment! My information came from a book on Gardiner area history. It noted that a fire in 1866 destroyed some of the homes here and this was built a year later. The porch appears original, but the doorway is in the Colonial style (either from the original home or altered in the late 19th-early 20th century.

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      • Cornelius January 30, 2022 / 12:21 pm

        Ive researched it heavily since it is my home. That book was lacking access to now digitized primary sources. I can direct you to the correct period source material if you would like.

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  2. Buildings of New England November 5, 2021 / 3:01 pm

    Thanks for the comment! My information came from a book on Gardiner area history. It noted that a fire in 1866 destroyed some of the homes here and this was built a year later. The porch appears original, but the doorway is in the Colonial style (either from the original home or altered in the late 19th-early 20th century.

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