The West Thompson Dam has a very important role in the history of
the town of Thompson, Connecticut. Built in the 1960s, residents perceive it as a permanent structure in the town. The buildings
of the village of West Thompson, referred to as Nashaway in the past, once stood where the West Thompson Lake
and the West Thompson Dam are today.
When I was younger, I had heard stories about old buildings and
remnants of a village existing underneath the West Thompson Lake. There were actually rumors that if one went scuba-diving
in the lake they would be able to swim amongst the buildings of the old village.
I now know, however, that although there was a village where the lake is now, no buildings
lie under the water's surface because the federal government had the buildings razed.
This website is designed to educate anybody who is interested in learning more about the old
village of West Thompson and the West Thompson Dam.