Celebration of Tom Thumb’s wedding planned


The Middleborough Historical Association has planned a 150th anniversary celebration of the marriage of Middleborough native Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump to Charles Stratton, more commonly known as General Tom Thumb, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the public library on Feb. 10. The association will display its considerable collection of special artifacts and pictures relating to the much-publicized event, dubbed “the fairy wedding” and held in New York City on Feb. 10, 1863. The couple had met as performers in P.T. Barnum’s exhibitions a few years before they were wed, and they continued to perform in those extravaganzas for many years afterward. Middleborough Historical Association members Daniel Thompson and Dorothy Thayer have planned a multimedia presentation of the couple’s courtship, wedding, reception, and wedding trip as part of the upcoming celebration. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Christine Legere

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