Stranger who was Captain Thunderbolt ...
... and the heritage of Captain Thunderbolt Office Condominiums
Thunderbolt Office Condominiums consist of 8 suites in two buildings.
The main building is a modern structure with 7 units. The front building
is a refurbished house with a fascinating heritage -- and therein
lies a tale which will explain why the property is named as it is
1830, it is said, the people of Westville, Connecticut, were stirred
out of their routine by the appearance of an uncouth, furtive-eyed
man who came to the Pendleton Tavern for board and gave his name
as Wilson. His strange actions and refusal to engage in conversation
could not be understood. He would disappear for months, return unexpectedly
and have plenty of money. No one knew his occupation and no one trusted
this man who would not look one squarely in the eyes and who traveled
exception to his coldness was when he married a domestic at the boarding
house. People thought he hypnotized her and her friends begged her
not to marry him. The couple lived in what was said to be a haunted
house on the Litchfield Turnpike, far from the center of Westville
and set way back from the road, accessible only through a narrow
lane. (That's the house which
is part of the Captain Thunderbolt Office Condominium today!)
When people visited his wife, he would run out the back way. One time, in a
fit of rage, he chased his wife nearly a mile with a carving knife, swearing
to kill her over a trivial thing. He was disarmed by two men and would have
been punished except for the pleading of his abused wife.
a pamphlet from Scotland came offering a reward for the notorious
robber chief “Captain Thunderbolt” supposed to have fled
to this country after committing numerous crimes. For his wife’s
sake, no investigation was made to see if Wilson was this notorious
robber, but everyone believed this was the case. At any rate, old
Wilson died carrying his secret to the grave.