Al Boehm’s talk “In Search of the 1757 Meetinghouse: 

How a Bridge Divided then Reunited First Church”

October 21,2015       7:00 PM


Imagine that it is winter and you are crossing an icy, fast-flowing river in a small canoe or ferryboat to get to church. This was just another part of life in seventeenth and early eighteenth-century Windsor if you happened to live south of the Farmington River or across Connecticut River in what is now East Windsor and South Windsor. In the mid-eighteenth century, the need for a new Meetinghouse and lack of a reliable bridge across the Farmington River led the First Society to split into two independent Societies. In 1757, a new Meetinghouse was built south of the Farmington River. Today, all that remains of that 1757 Meetinghouse is the northeast cornerstone of the iconic 1794 (fourth) Meetinghouse north of the Farmington River that now anchors Palisado Green.

For the past year, Al Boehm has combed through the archives, exploring town and church records, highway records, and correspondence in a search to learn more about the church’s third Meetinghouse. In this special Archives Month program on Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m., come see what Al has learned about the third Meetinghouse, church politics and the Great Awakening, Windsor bridges and roads, how towns formed in the 1750-1800 time-period, and the unique role Windsor played in the transition from Colony to State. Al’s programs are always popular. Come early to be assured of a seat! Cost: $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $4 WHS and First Church members. For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813 or online at


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