Local historian Beverly Garvan has researched and compiled this list of Old Houses in Windsor Built Prior to 1850 for Windsor Historical Society. She used land deeds, tax assessments, probate records, maps, and family genealogies to arrive at the approximate dates these historic houses were built.
The list includes the earliest known houses that are still standing in Windsor; but, of course, many other first-generation houses are now simply lost in time. 17th and 18th century structures are particularly difficult to date. Although many of them are situated along Windsor Avenue, Broad Street, or Poquonock Avenue, actual house numbers were not assigned until the early 20th century. Often it is necessary to research a combination of record sources to establish a fairly accurate date of construction.
In 1933 at the time of Windsor’s 300th anniversary, Leland P. Wilson led a team that researched and placed historic markers on many of Windsor’s older houses. Since then some of those homes have been demolished and others have lost their markers.
Bev Garvan’s completely updated list contains 192 buildings (including extant and not). Of course, there are plenty of old houses not quite old enough to make the list, and we have in our research library lots of information on these and other buildings still standing and long gone. So come visit us!