Step into the Past: 

Windsor Historical Society’s Strong-Howard House is Now Complete!

Free Grand Public Reopening

Sunday, October 4, 2015     1 - 4 p.m.

 

The Windsor Historical Society invites you to the FREE grand re-opening of the newly restored and refurnished Strong-Howard House.  The kitchen is now complete.  At 1 p.m., hear briefly from Curator Christina Vida and contractor John Armstrong about the restoration. Then view the official ribbon-cutting ceremonies at 1:30 with Windsor Mayor Don Trinks, and step into the world of the Howards in 1810. The home has been furnished with reproductions of the Howards’ furnishings. See costumed interpreters Becky and Paul Hendricks preparing delicious period foods over the newly re-built hearth. Try hefting some water buckets and discover how cooking tools worked, sink into the Howards’ canopy bed, run your hands over the beautiful carvings on the high chest and pull out its drawers to find items of clothing to try on.  Sit at the dining table set for a fall feast, and converse as guests would have in the Howard’s day.  And of course, enjoy sitting in the drawing room chairs, exploring Captain Howard’s mahogany desk, leafing through some period newspapers and account books, and examining bolts of fine fabric and millinery goods in the Howard’s store.  In our main building, enjoy punch and a special Strong-Howard House cake while viewing a continuously-running PowerPoint presentation on the restoration and refurnishing.  Try some period games such as graces and rolling hoops and take home a keepsake tour booklet with a discount coupon toward a future admission. 

 

To set the stage, 1810 was a remarkable year in the history of the nation and for the Howard family.  Retired West Indies Trader Nathaniel Howard and his wife Ann were still keeping a store in their home, despite disruptions to maritime trade from Jefferson’s Embargo Act of 1807 and disruption of river trade north of Hartford due to the completion of a drawbridge at Hartford in April of 1810.  That year, the Howards rejoiced in the marriage of their son George while still mourning the loss of another son and grandson who passed away in 1809.  The senior Howards took in their son George and his bride, their son’s widowed wife Nancy, and their nine-year-old granddaughter Ann.  By year’s end, George and his wife were expecting a child of their own, so much was happening within the walls of this modest home. 

 

Over 230 individuals, businesses, and granting agencies have helped make the restoration and reinterpretation of the Strong-Howard house possible including Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Connecticut Humanities, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Greater Hartford Arts Council, William Harris, Becky and Paul Hendricks, Robert and Dorothy McAllister, Kate and Hugh McLean, Rabbett Insurance, Town of Windsor, Windsor Federal Savings, the 1772 Foundation through the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and several anonymous donors.  Upcoming programs associated with the Strong Howard House include explorations of the house at 11:00 a.m. and 1 p.m., periodic days where costumed actors Susan Buchholz and Walter Mantani will portray Captain and Mrs. Howard, a “Behind the Mask” workshop where you’ll learn how these actor brought Captain and Mrs. Howard to life, a Colonial Drinks program prepared hearthside, periodic hearth cooking classes, and an 1810 day.

 

 

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