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The Mills on Mill Brook

Mill Brook today flows gently and quietly through Windsor, but it was once the busiest industrial area of town. In the early days, before the larger mills came to the Farmington and Connecticut Rivers, the small mills along the local streams were an important part of the town’s local economy.

Windsor Remembers 9/11

Most of us remember what we were doing, and where we were when we heard about the terrorists attacks on our country on September 11, 2001. The effects of that shocking day still reverberate on a personal level and throughout the town. So how does Windsor remember?

Windsor’s Founders: William Holmes

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

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

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

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

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.

Lithuanians Celebrate Their Roots in Windsor

Social historians make note of the formation of fraternal benefit groups such as Windsor’s Saint Casimir’s Lithuanian Society as one step in the characteristic path an immigrant cultural group takes as it progresses from isolated ethnic community to assimilated citizens.