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“A Very Good Comprehensive History of Windsor”

Windsor Historical Society
Ranked #5 of 17 things to do in Windsor
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Windsor Historical Society, founded in 1921, preserves and interprets nearly 400 years of Windsor's history through exhibitions, education programs, publications, active collecting, and research. We offer a museum, historic house tours, research library and a hands-on learning center for children.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed 27 June 2018

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.

Thank kzsull01
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

Great exhibits. Great staff. Great events. Be sure to leave enough time to check out the house next door.

Thank Dr_Bill_Corcoran
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

Windsor, CT is just north of Hartford. I lived in Windsor 40 years ago and delight with my fond memories.Having worked for AETNA I also worked for The Town Manager as an Economic Development Aid publishing the Town of Windsor brochure. If you like U>S. history you will love Windsor as I do.

Thank BobbyP009
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Reviewed 26 January 2017

The Windsor Historical Society has done an excellent job at restoring several houses to specific time periods in their history - the Strong-Howard house to 1810 and the Chaffee House to 1767. The museum itself has a wide variety of collections and exhibits ranging from the native American settlement to the Windsor Colony of 1633, as well as an honest depiction of slavery in Connecticut. The Founders Monument, the adjacent cemetery, the relocated statue of the infamous John Mason from the Mystic Massacre of the Pequot tribe, as well as the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead and Museum are all in close proximity and you should spend time to see them all and consider their various roles in our history and the cost to our humanity.

Thank SusanneCA
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

Recently, the Historical Society mounted a successful capital campaign that allowed then to restore and completely reinterpret the historic Strong-Howard House adjacent to the Society's offices and Museum. The House is now restored to its condition back around 1810 and the contents are now all re-created from probate records of the Howard Family. The use of re-creations allows for a complete hands-on experience as visitors can now open the drawers of desks, take clothes out of the dressers and even climb into the bed. It is a fabulous place to bring children and they can really get a feeling for what it was like to live in a colonial home.

Thank jfberky
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