Windsor Historical Society offers September 22 Bus Tour of Historic Sites in Town
Here’s your chance to learn more about the historical landscape of old Windsor with Society Director Christine Ermenc using history and images compiled by historian Beverly Garvan. Join us on Sunday, September 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for a ride to remember. Participants will receive a selection of photocopied historical images from Windsor Historical Society collections to compare with the modern landscape they see as the tour progresses.
Here is a selection of what will be covered.
Palisado Green area was the heart of early settlement. Discover the history behind the name, and how this historic area developed. In the Windsor’s Broad Street Green area, you will learn about earlier buildings and institutions that have since disappeared, see where the founders of Loomis Institute lived, and talk about local sculptor Evelyn Longman Batchelder’s Eagle Monument and what it represents. Then we will move down to Loomis Chaffee School to show the oldest home in town, and Batchelder’s studio. In the area of what might be called Windsor’s first industrial park, you’ll learn where Spencer repeating shotguns were manufactured and about the impact of railroad and electrical lines. Moving north, along Palisado Avenue, you’ll hear the stories behind the historic markers for the Bissell Ferry and the Old Stone Fort. Find out more about Oliver Ellsworth, whose home is maintained as a museum by the Daughters of the American Revolution. And get a preview of information to be offered on a second bus tour focused on Windsor villages of Hayden Station, Poquonock, Rainbow, and Wilson before turning back to Windsor Historical Society.
Cost for the tour is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and students and $10 for Windsor Historical Society members. Please call 688-3813 to reserve a space on the bus by September 20. As a one-day special, the Images of America: Windsor book produced by the Society for Windsor’s 375th anniversary in 2008 which normally sells for $20 will be available for $15. The tour starts at Windsor Historical Society, 96 Palisado Avenue (Route 159). Parking is available around Palisado Green and in the Windsor Discovery Center Parking lot.
The Windsor Historical Society, founded in 1921, invites visitors to explore the people, places, and events that have shaped Windsor for nearly four centuries. The Society’s museum includes changing and permanent exhibition galleries; a hands-on history learning center for families; a research library and manuscript
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collection housing Windsor photographs, documents, ephemera, and genealogical materials, a museum shop
and two historic houses open to the public -- the 1758 Strong-Howard House and the 1767 Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee House.