Middleborough, Massachusetts: Tom Thumb Collection

The world's largest collection of the world's tiniest man. Charles Sherwood Stratton's child-sized clothing and itty-bitty personal items.

Middleborough Historical Museum

Address:
18 Jackson St., Middleborough, MA
Directions:
Middleborough Historical Museum. I-495 exit 4 north into town on Main St./Hwy 105. Turn right (east) onto Jackson St just before the police station. The museum will be on the right.
Hours:
W 12-3, or by appt. (Call to verify)
Phone:
508-947-1969
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Vintage photo of General Tom Thumb and Lavinia, around 1863. Tom Thumb Museum

The Middleborough Historical Museum houses the world's largest collection of Tom Thumb memorabilia (An interesting side note: part of that collection once resided at the Zachariah Eddy House before being donated to the museum). Performers for P.T. Barnum's circus, General Tom Thumb and his diminutive wife Lavinia made their home in Middleborough.

Some older residents recall the "little couple" tossing pennies to the children in the streets whenever they would return home from the circus.

[Kelsa, 11/18/2001]

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