Colonial Boozing

2020-01-27T15:45:38-05:00January 27th, 2020|Tags: , |

For the colonists of the 1600s and 1700s much of daily life was filled by tiring drudgery, but throughout the long hours of the work day, intoxicating beverages provided a dependable source of comfort. Drinking accompanied a diverse range of occasions that often took place in taverns, or during meals, work breaks, business meetings, weddings, funerals, trials, and legislative sessions.

Remembering Rainbow Park

2019-02-13T11:17:58-05:00January 23rd, 2019|Tags: , |

The Hartford Courant's Fresh-Air Excursions were one of the many programs, clubs, and organizations that made Rainbow Park an annual destination during the late 1890s. Rainbow businessmen Henry Snow and Samuel Vernon opened the park in 1895, the year the Hartford Street Railway Company completed the trolley line to Rainbow.

Fair Days in Windsor

2018-09-06T16:28:23-04:00September 10th, 2018|

The Shad Derby is not Windsor's only town festival. In fact, Windsor started hosting agricultural fairs over a century ago, and the tradition continues with the Northwest Park Country Fair.

Shad Derby: A Treasured Tradition

2019-02-13T11:24:08-05:00May 14th, 2018|Tags: , |

No, it’s not just about a hat; no, it’s not about a soap box derby. It’s about a fish! It all started in 1955 when the director of the Windsor Rod and Gun Club became concerned with the polluting of the Connecticut River. To draw attention to the river’s condition and the resources it had to offer, the club organized a one-day fishing tournament.

And the Band Played On!

2019-02-13T12:13:35-05:00May 7th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Seventy-six trombones led the big parade. Well, perhaps not quite seventy-six, but Windsor’s first band, formed in 1859, boasted of at least two. One hundred years of Windsor band tradition began on August 13, 1859, at the home of Timothy Phelps.

Grab Your Skates and Let’s Go!

2019-06-25T15:32:52-04:00December 25th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Industrial Revolution produced both an increase in leisure time for the middle class and a profusion of affordable recreational equipment. It is this equipment that fills many of the Windsor Historical Society’s storage shelves, including six pairs of ice skates, a lone single skate, and a few pairs of steel blades.

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