Administration Building, Thompson Orphanage, Charlotte, NC
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Photo of very young children assembled in front of the Administration Building at Thompson Orphanage and Training Institution in Charlotte, NC [black divided back; good] Thompson's was the first orphanage established by a religious body in N.C. and is the third oldest orphanage in the state. In 1887, the congregation of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Charlotte founded the orphanage. The site previously was home of a private school, the land having been purchased with funds donated by Lewis Thomson. The school, founded by the rector of St. Peter's church, was unsuccessful and upon its failure, he donated the church's 80 acre property on the edge of town for an orphanage. Forty acres of the grounds were used for pasture land and a farm where the children and teachers milked and cared for the cows. Later, the farm area was leased out and became a shopping center. The orphanage sheltered and educated children ages two through eighteen. It consisted of residential cottages, a chapel (built in 1892), and the farm. The orphanage relocated in 1970 after nurturing children at this location for more than 75 years. Thompson moved to its current 40-acre location just outside the Charlotte city limits. The name was changed to Thompson Children's Home in the 1970s, and the agency began evolving to provide full service clinical and behavioral care for children. In 2005, the name was changed to Thompson Child & Family Focus to better reflect the wide range of services provided. Only The Memorial Chapel of St. Mary the Virgin remains at the original location near Central Piedmont Community College between Third Street and Fourth Street just south of the main business district of the city.
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- University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- Charlotte, N.C.: J. Murrey Atkins Library University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- Historic buildings--North Carolina--Charlotte
Thompson Children's Home (Charlotte, N.C.)--History
Thompson Child & Family Focus--History
Thompson Orphanage and Training Institution--History
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