Inside the Thompson hut

The house stands on the end of a row of other historical structures. The blue door seemed rather strange.

Dan let a little sunlight in for me. Smoke detectors don't seem to fit.

It's spiffy inside, a lot brighter and cleaner than when it stood in Fairfield.

It's a gift shop, just another day in history.

I had occasion to visit Vincennes and was able to locate the James M. Thompson home, which was moved from Fairfield to Vincennes in the 1960s. Sadly, it doesn't carry the clout we expect, though I don't think anybody in Fairfield cared about it at all.

According to a fellow named Dan who works at the site where a number of historical structures are located, the Thompson house just doesn't "fit" the message.

To some end, that makes sense. Thompson's connection to Vincennes is only because of the novel, "Alice," and as Dan told me, he was only in Vincennes briefly while researching the book in the early 1900s.

So the tours of the buildings, which all link together in the form of a story, just don't include the Thompson shed. It's just there, an "oh by the way, this place is ...."

It's a gift shop. Most of the furniture has been replaced by some authentic period stuff, including a cash register and a smoke detector. The sign on the wall denoted The Thompson Home.

But I did alert Dan to the whereabouts of the rock and he told me he'd pass that along to the powers that be. To some end, the rock is as important to the little house as the little house is to the historical settlement.

Finding the little house isn't especially difficult. The city, on the state's west side near the Illinois border, does a nice job marking its historical attractions. The Clark Memorial, not far away, is worth the trip.

-- John, July 2013




DID YOU KNOW? Vincennes Lincoln High's nickname is THE ALICES!