News and Stories 2017-05-11T21:52:25+00:00

Moses and Oliver Mitchell: Portraits of Two Late 18th-Century African Americans in Windsor

February 12th, 2018|

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.

The Blizzard of 1888

January 29th, 2018|

Lifelong Windsor resident David J. Ellsworth (1840-1932) gave this account about the Blizzard of 1888 to a Windsor Historical Society meeting in November 1922, based on his own diary entries and personal memories of experiencing the blizzard.

January 27, My birthday day

January 22nd, 2018|

One spring day in 2009, a man approached the docent’s desk in the Windsor Historical Society’s lobby offering a small, scuffed, and worn brown object in the palm of his outstretched hand. Would the Society like to have it?

Stories from the Stones: In the King’s Service

January 11th, 2018|

Grave markers can only tell so much about a person's life in a small space. This article focuses on two individuals and their families whose graves are in Palisado Cemetery, and who in life served their Sovereign politically and militarily when Connecticut was still a colony of England.