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Volunteer Profile: Carlton Parkinson

One of our dear volunteers, Carlton Parkinson, passed away two weeks ago. We’ll miss him tremendously at Windsor Historical Society. He inspired hundreds of school children to understand and to care a little more about the place they live in. We're re-publishing an interview we conducted with Carl in 2010 in his memory.

Changes in Cityscape: Farmington River Bridges

The Farmington River winds its way through the entire width and much of the length of Windsor. It crosses major roads in two locations: Palisado Ave. and Poquonock Ave. Over the centuries, numerous bridges have spanned the Farmington in both locations, several of which are featured here.

19th-Century Eddy Electric Automobile Motors

The Eddy Electric Mfg. Co. occupied the three-story brick building to the east of the railroad depot in Windsor center. Here they built electric motors and generators from 1885 through 1902. One particular type of product that the company made formed the backbone of some of the world's earliest electric cars.

Seasonal Challenges in the Early American Home

The main idea behind the Society’s Strong-Howard House is to transport guests back to the year 1810, when the Howard family dwelt within the home. Families such as the Howards had to contend with shifting predicaments throughout the year, ranging from frigid indoor temperatures in the winter to swarms of pests in the summer.

Volunteer Profile: Sandy McGraw

Volunteer Sandy McGraw helping organize our Tunxis yearbook collection. Photo by Christina Vida. This profile is also a fond farewell as Sandy has recently retired from her volunteering duties here at the Society. [...]

Windsor Historical Society “Milks” Its Collection

Antique collecting is a popular American pastime, with an estimated 25 million Americans on the hunt for historic and unique treasures. In 2005, curator Erin Stevic explored the fascinating world of milk bottle collecting and learned about a then recent gift to the Windsor Historical Society.

A Great Wind Through Windsor: The 1938 Hurricane

It came unexpectedly while people were picking apples, preparing dinner, coming home from school, and tending Windsor's tobacco crop. September 21st, 2018 marked the 80th anniversary of the Great Hurricane of 1938 that struck Windsor and New England for two hours late on a Wednesday afternoon.

Adelbert Coe Photo Collection

Adelbert "Del" Coe (1913-1992) lived on Hayden Avenue in the center of Windsor. He took an avid interest in the changes taking place in his community and documented many of them with his camera, the images revealing exactly what he witnessed as the decades passed from the 1950s through the 1980s.