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Carbondale Historical Society

formerly Mt. Sopris Historical Society

To connect today's community with the rich history of Carbondale.

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Help us tell our story and preserve our past for future generations.

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The Historic Thompson House Museum is open by appointment only

October through May


What is the Thompson House?

     The Thompson House is a 130 year old Victorian mansion that was lived in continuously by the Thompson family until the 1960s. When they moved out, they left all of the furniture, housewares, décor and personal belongings of the house’s original inhabitant; their Great Aunt Hattie Thompson-Holland.

     The house remained in the possession of the Thompson Family until the property it sat on was sold. The Town of Carbondale was gifted the house and several acres by the property developer, and the items inside the house were gifted to the Carbondale Historical Society by the Thompson Family.

    The Thompson House is now a museum and is on the national register of historic houses. It is unique among house museums in that, rather than the furnishings and décor coming from various donors or purchases, this house contains the belongings of its original occupants.

     Among the fascinating contents of this elaborate mansion are a working Victrola record player and a collection of records dating back 100 years, chairs and sofa with carved doghead legs and arms, and the steamer trunk and various souvenirs from Aunt Hattie’s world travels, including a miniature Taj Majal.

   The Carbondale Historical Society operates the Thompson House Museum and will be publishing the summer tour schedule soon.


The Thompson House Museum is located at 301 Lewies Lane, Carbondale, CO. For more info, or to schedule a group tour contact us at 

Pictures from our Ghost Party at the Thompson House Museum

Hattie Thompson Holland and her husband Oscar hosted a party for their deceased friends on October 5th.



Visitors got a chance to meet Carbondale's pioneers and hear their stories as they toured the historic 19th century Victorian home of two of the early homesteaders.

New! Carbondale

Heritage Garden Club

     This newly formed club will be responsible for the care and maintenance of the Carbondale Historical Society gardens at the Thompson House History Park and the Jail and Cabin History Park.


     Members will learn and practice gardening with heirloom and historic varieties from planting to harvest, plus food preservation and seed-saving.


     Additionally, we will be doing historical research, identifying plants in local photographs, and locating heritage varieties still growing in our area.


Email: to join