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

Windsor’s Founders: William Holmes

September 5th, 2017|

In beginning a series of short introductions to Windsor’s founders, it is appropriate to start with Lieutenant William Holmes. His leadership established the first trading post here and paved the way for all future English settlers.

Wartime Shorts

August 21st, 2017|

The four short sketches below are examples of how World War I touched Windsor and its residents. For more stories, visit the Society’s exhibition "The Changing Face of War" on view in the our Hands-On Learning Center until September, 2017.

Tobacco: Windsor’s Cash Crop

August 14th, 2017|

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.

Don’t Give Up The Ship!: The Bissell-Sill Tavern Sign

August 8th, 2017|

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.

Connecticut’s Oldest Surviving Gravestone

July 31st, 2017|

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.