News and Stories2017-05-11T21:52:25-04:00

Windsor’s Death Trap

July 5th, 2019|

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

June 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

June 19th, 2019|

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.

The Filley Necrology

June 12th, 2019|

It is always a pleasure for a historian or genealogist to find documents that add color and dimension to the individuals and communities being studied and that fill in the gaps between the official records. The Filley Records are such a document.

Connecticut Valley Furniture

June 4th, 2019|

Connecticut Valley Furniture by Eliphalet Chapin and His Contemporaries, 1750-1800 was a groundbreaking exhibition on view at the Concord Museum in Concord, MA and the Connecticut Historical Society Museum in 2005 and 2006. Accompanied [...]

Betsy Kob’s Tea Room

May 23rd, 2019|

Windsor Historical Society ran the Betsy Kob Tea Room from 1925 through 1928 in the then-newly purchased Fyler House (today called the Strong-Howard House). In 1925 Society president George E. Crosby announced that the tea room "and its delightful decorations, displays, and furnishing have already made it pleasantly known to visitors from every part of the country."