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Unseasonable Night Walking

2019-08-01T19:07:55-04:00August 1st, 2019|Tags: , , , |

In 1711, Connecticut outlawed walking “in the night season” to discourage people from being out at night drunk and making a commotion. The following 1770 document from our collection reflects this law in action. It's a detailed and vivid formal complaint about some late-night shenanigans, unappreciated by the victim of those shenanigans.

Windsor’s Death Trap

2019-07-05T16:41:53-04:00July 5th, 2019|Tags: , |

The Death Trap was a narrow stretch of the lower part of Palisado Avenue that runs underneath the railroad overpass. Today this is a straight road, but in the treacherous travel era of the early 20th century, it was a 90-degree hairpin turn at the bottom of a hill.

WHS Executive Director Christine Ermenc to Retire

2019-06-27T16:12:53-04:00June 27th, 2019|

I am writing to announce an important leadership transition at the Windsor Historical Society (WHS). Christine Ermenc, our amazing executive director who has built WHS into the award-winning community asset that it is today, will be retiring March 1, 2020.

Historical Markers: Doorways to Windsor’s Past

2019-07-29T15:48:19-04:00June 19th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Near the northern edge of the Windsor Historic District, on the east side of Palisado Avenue, stands a marker proudly proclaiming the entrance to Bissell Ferry Road. Tucked in between two nearby homes, the unpaved road would be easily overlooked if not for this sign. This modest reminder is all that is left to commemorate a vital spot in Windsor’s long history.