The following is a transcript (edited for space and clarity) from a June 2004 interview between Dr. Daniel Mack and WHS executive director Christine Ermenc. Dr. Mack discusses his family's brickyard on Mack Street in [...]
In the decades following the Connecticut River's discovery by Europeans, the numerous shallows and oxbow bends of the river limited the river’s potential as a trading hub. However, throughout the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries, maritime trade along the Connecticut River slowly and steadily grew.
Windsor founder Jonathan Brewster’s time in our town was brief, but pivotal. He was Plymouth Colony’s resident agent here, and in 1635 he penned a letter to Governor William Bradford expressing his concern over the influx of newcomers into the fledgling settlement. He wrote, “Ye Massachusetts men are coming almost dayly...some have a great mind to ye place we are upon...I shall doe what I can to withstand them.”
As a researcher, women are frustrating to follow over time. Often their names change, they do not regularly appear in land records or tax rolls, many do not leave behind wills. Being a daughter, wife, and mother were primary roles for early American women. Running a household was a full time job. The account books of the Barber family help us shed light on the productive activities of those women.
Hazel Thrall Sullivan in a typical morning scene with a newspaper and cup of coffee, at her home at 354 Broad Street in Windsor, c1990. WHS collections 2019.13.1, photo by Marjory K. Sullivan, gift [...]
In this column, we are featuring one of the invaluable education volunteers who make it possible for us to host our various field trips and education-based programs. It is a privilege and honor to work [...]
Woodblock print of William Holmes' party passing the Dutch fort in what is now Hartford. Last fall, archaeological finds on the grounds of the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield reignited the burning question of whether Windsor [...]
Back in 2012, Windsor Historical Society’s former curator, Christina Vida, was preparing the Strong-Howard House for an ambitious reinterpretation. One of the many initial steps in implementing the project was to clean out the house, including its second floor which had been used as storage space. During this seemingly routine cleanup, we made two unique discoveries.
Founders of Windsor, defined by the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor genealogy group as heads of families who arrived in Windsor by 1641, have millions of descendants living in the United States. [...]
In 1883, William F. Garvin left his home and family in Windsor and headed to Cheyenne, Wyoming, a young and rapidly growing frontier town. He faithfully wrote each week to his younger brother John. 130 years later, William’s grandniece Bev Garvan donated this collection of 300 letters to the Society. She has transcribed dozens of excerpts to illustrate some of the differences between life in Windsor and in the West.