We visited the Windsor Historical Society Museum in Windsor, Connecticut on Friday, June 22, 2018. Our visit included a guided house tour of the Strong-Howard House and the Chaffee House and touring the galleries in the museum, all providing great background information from a historical perspective. We took the 11:00 AM guided house tour. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, interesting, informative and polite, making the tour both enjoyable and educational. We were at the museum over an hour and a half and there was plenty of free parking in front of the museum, which was very convenient.
The tour of both houses was nicely done. Both houses were well restored, nicely preserved and laid out with period furnishings that looked authentic but were largely recreations. The tour of the Strong-Howard House focused on the year 1810, when the Howard Family was living in the house. The tour provided great information on the lives of the family members, their status, the house and the contents of each room and how each room was used. Our tour guide provided interesting details regarding her experience cooking part of a meal in the house, which was great background information. We also were provided with an interesting and detailed guide book on the Strong-Howard House, which was quite helpful.
The museum included multiple galleries that addressed several topics for a self-guided tour. One of the galleries addressed the Colonial Period, 1633-1800. Such topics as Windsor’s English Founders; Plymouth Traders; Windsor’s Land and Rivers; Windsor’s Native People; Oliver and Abigail Ellsworth; Slavery in Windsor; Windsor in the Revolution (1775 – 1783); Windsor in the World (1770 – 1810); Windsor Woodworkers and the Palisado Green among other subjects were nicely illustrated. Another gallery addressed Farms to Suburbs: Windsor After 1800. Such topics as Transportation and Innovation; the Tobacco Valley (Both Broadleaf and Shade Tobacco); Suburban Windsor (1900 – 2000); the Trolley Town; the Scandal; Migrants, Immigrants and Diversity; Signs of Good Life; Windsor Today; Agriculture in Windsor and aspects of modern Windsor were addressed. A third gallery addressed more aspects of modern Windsor, including exhibits about Combustion Engineering and ABB on display and future town development plans.
We recommend a visit to this museum for a comprehensive historical perspective of Windsor. It was a nice walk back through time. We hope that you have an opportunity to visit it as well.
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