Since the Society’s two historic houses have been closed for the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff has taken this opportunity to reinterpret the Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee House to more deeply reflect [...]
Do you ever wonder how objects end up in museum exhibitions? The cloak on view in our museum gallery arrived at the Society in a box. It had ripped seams, frayed trim, insect damage, and layers of dirt. But in its prime in the early 1800s, the bright red color was a fashion statement and a sign of the owner’s wealth.
How would Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee have treated a fever? A broken bone? Check out Dr. Chaffee’s apothecary chest and medical texts, and mix up some remedies. Talk with Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking artists who [...]
Please join us on Saturday, August 24, at 9 a.m. when popular lecturer Gordon Kenneson returns to Windsor Historical Society to deliver a fascinating program on The Apothecary’s Profession. Windsor’s own Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee of [...]
As part of Connecticut’s Open House Day, please join us for a journey back to 1810. On Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 11 am to 3 pm, step into the Windsor Historical Society’s national award-winning [...]
If you've been to the grounds of the Society's Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee House, you might have seen a memorial plaque dedicated to Horace Hayden. This monument has been here since 2008, when it was [...]
They worked in the kitchen from dawn to dusk cooking, washing, and ironing. They emptied chamber pots every morning after sleeping in basements and attics. And they were supposed to be invisible whenever guests came calling. Who are ‘they’? They are the slaves of Windsor’s Chaffee family.