Windsor Historical Society Sponsors In-Depth Look at the DAR Archives at the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead



Join DAR State Registrar Carol Nelson and Oliver Ellsworth Homestead board member Marjorie Griswold on Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to noon for an in-depth exploration of Connecticut’s Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) records held in the archives of the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead, located at 779 Palisado Avenue.   Participants at this workshop will learn how to effectively use Connecticut and national DAR records in their family history research.  They will also learn about how the DAR acquired, restored, furnished and opened Windsor’s most nationally significant home in 1903.


Records of the Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution date from the late 1890’s.   Since the early 1900’s, Connecticut DAR ladies have recorded cemetery inscriptions, bible records, family records, diaries, and other historical information.  They took pictures, saved newspaper articles, wrote historical essays, honored worthy citizens for patriotic deeds and placed historic markers on cemeteries, roads, houses, bridges and battlefields.  The DAR kept meticulous records and the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead houses scrapbooks which include the records of the Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution dating from 1894.


America’s early house museums were the work of patriotic women’s associations like the DAR.   George Washington’s Virginia home, Mount Vernon was preserved by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association formed in 1853. By the early 20th century, the DAR and the Connecticut Society of Colonial Dames owned and a number of significant house museums.   Windsor’s Oliver Ellsworth (1745-1807), who represented Connecticut in the Continental Congress and the Federal Convention, was a member of the First United States Senate and eventually Chief Justice of the Supreme Court loved his home in Windsor.  He wrote,


“I have visited several countries and I like my own the best.  I have been in all the states of the Union, and Connecticut is the best State.  Windsor is the pleasantest town in the State, and I have the pleasantest place in the town of Windsor.”            


The cost for the program is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and $2 for Windsor Historical Society members. Pre-registration required by July 8th; this is a limited enrollment program.   Call Windsor Historical Society at 688-3813 to register.  



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