On Saturday, June 10th from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,
Windsor Historical Society joins the Connecticut Commission
on Culture and Tourism’s Open House Day by opening its
facilities to the public free of charge. Visitors will
encounter people, places and events shaping Connecticut’s
earliest English settlement for 373 years. Fall under the
spell of two charming 18th century New England
homes, evocative exhibition galleries, and the many
fascinating old photographs, documents, and genealogical
materials in our research library.
Families of all ages visiting our Hands-On-History Learning
Center can try on colonial costumes, “cook” a meal in the
fireplace, “milk” the cow, and attend a one-room school.
Native American artifacts, rare 17th
century chests, costumes, cigar-maker’s molds, maps and more
may be seen in our galleries. Sniff some of the herbs in
our 18th century garden, and admire our quince
and espaliered pear trees in our picturesque courtyard.
Step into the 1758 John and Sarah Strong house
and discover what life was like for Windsor men, women, and
children of the 18th and 19th
centuries. Peek into a tiny corner room to see the town’s
first post office. Just down the hall, discover the small
general store where a sea captain’s wife sold imported
Walk across the historic Palisado Green to Dr.
Hezekiah Chaffee’s house and appreciate the life of this
country doctor through the medical instruments, account
books, and pharmaceutical recipes on display. After
exploring our library, end your visit in our museum shop by
picking up a stoneware mug, exquisite note cards, a map or
history book, and a candy-stick for the road.
Casual visitors and serious researchers of all
ages are bound to enjoy the unforgettable collections and
ambiance of the Windsor Historical Society in historic and
beautiful Windsor, Connecticut. Visit several attractions
on June 10th; you will be able to pick up your
free 2006 Vacation guide, an official Connecticut road map,
and a list of other attractions and properties that are part
of Connecticut Open House Day.