In the decades following the Connecticut River's discovery by Europeans, the numerous shallows and oxbow bends of the river limited the river’s potential as a trading hub. However, throughout the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries, maritime trade along the Connecticut River slowly and steadily grew.
Woodblock print of William Holmes' party passing the Dutch fort in what is now Hartford. Last fall, archaeological finds on the grounds of the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield reignited the burning question of whether Windsor [...]
Most people know that there were once two ferries in Windsor: the Rivulet Ferry on the Farmington River and the Bissell Ferry across the Connecticut River. However, there was also another, almost unknown, ferry operating here in the 18th century. It was called the Wolcott Ferry.
Many sources, including an official historic marker along Palisado Avenue, will tell you that Windsor’s Bissell’s Ferry operated from 1641-1917. However, when I embarked on research into the ferry I encountered information bringing into [...]