Everyone pretends to be a wee bit Irish on March 17, but Windsor has a stronger connection to the Emerald Isle than one day of shamrocks and green attire. In fact, Irish immigrants flocked to Windsor during the 19th century looking for work and a safe place to raise their families. Twenty percent of Windsor’s population was first or second-generation Irish by 1860.
You may have driven by this lovely building at 853 Palisado Avenue. In 1896 when it was erected, Windsor was divided into 10 school districts. The northern end of Route 159, known as Hayden Station, was called School District No. 6 and had 55 students between the ages of 4 and 16 years old.
For centuries, the wedding day attire of brides and grooms has carried enough significance for future generations to preserve as relics. The Society owns many wedding-day souvenirs from Windsor couples, including these 18th-century ladies’ shoe buckles that were possibly worn by Hannah Allyn on January 6, 1763, the day she wed Captain James Hooker.
Acres of gladiolus blooms. Hundreds of thousands of rooted geranium and chrysanthemum cuttings. Greenhouses 150 feet long. It is so hard to picture it today, but in the mid-twentieth century, floriculture was very big business in Windsor.
The first black household in the area of Windsor north of the Farmington River was probably that of Moses Mitchell, who bought his first recorded piece of property here in 1791. Moses's brother Oliver came from East Windsor in 1797, buying a piece of property with "two dwelling houses" on the west bank of the Connecticut River near the Scantic Ferry.
In February of 2000 we had an interesting email wherein a California gentleman named James Brownlow asked if we had any early recipes for beer. Indeed, we have. We went to John Gaylord Jr.'s recipe [...]