Both families who lived in the Society’s two historic houses were involved in a quarantine situation in the late 1700s. Dr. Chaffee ordered the Howard family to be quarantined after Capt. Howard contracted smallpox and spread it to his three sons. The care for all of them fell on the shoulders of Mrs. Ann Howard.
We will temporarily close to the public until April 4, at which time we will re-assess the situation. We will also postpone all public programs planned through the end of April, and announce new dates for most events as soon as we are able.
March 25, 2020 update: Windsor Historical Society will be closed through April 22, in compliance with Governor Malloy’s executive order. We will continue to assess the situation and will communicate our status accordingly. Our public [...]
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.