Windsorites have grown and harvested tobacco leaves for hundreds of years. Native Americans and early settlers both cultivated the crop. By the 1920s more than 30,000 acres in the 60-mile long Tobacco Valley, which runs from Portland, Connecticut to the southern tip of Vermont, were devoted to tobacco.
One of the more unique things visitors might notice as they step into our colonial Windsor history gallery is a very handsome tavern sign that bears the likeness of a dashing military man. What they cannot see is that there is a second and equally dashing portrait is on the reverse side.
Windsor’s Palisado Cemetery is a beautiful place to walk and explore town history. It is the home to (purportedly) Connecticut’s oldest surviving gravestone commemorating the life of Reverend Ephraim Huit who died in 1644.
Social historians make note of the formation of fraternal benefit groups such as Windsor’s Saint Casimir’s Lithuanian Society as one step in the characteristic path an immigrant cultural group takes as it progresses from isolated ethnic community to assimilated citizens.
Windsor Historical Society has a small collection of oral history interviews, some of which were recorded many years ago. Ruth Morgan Porteus was 93 years old in 1987 when Ted Anderson and Mary Ann Pleva sat down in her parlor with her and her daughter Martha to share her reminiscences.
Windsor's first post office was located in Nathaniel Howard's home/store at 96 Palisado Avenue, the current Strong-Howard House. Around 1840 Windsor's townspeople petitioned to have the post office moved into the area of today's Windsor's center. The following is a brief listing of recent post offices.
"We want to know more," our visitors say, curious to learn more about Windsor's earliest settlers than the bare dates of their birth and death and the story of their arrival in the New [...]
How many times a week do you drive over the Farmington River bridge on Palisado Avenue (Route 159) in Windsor? Have you noticed the bronze plaque that says “Ray Henry Memorial Bridge?”
What side was your bread buttered on? If you were living in Windsor around the turn of the 20th century, you probably would have answered "The side with the Windsor Creamery butter on it!" Never [...]
They worked in the kitchen from dawn to dusk cooking three meals a day. They washed and ironed clothes, sheets, and towels. They mended socks and spun yarn. They emptied chamber pots every morning after [...]