Scantic Academy Museum welcomes East Windsor residents to open house

By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
East Windsor - posted Thu., Aug. 29, 2013
An original probate court building was moved to the Scantic Academy Museum property in the late 1960s.
An original probate court building was moved to the Scantic Academy Museum property in the late 1960s.

East Windsor Historical Society opened the doors of the Scantic Academy Museum on Aug. 24 for residents to see the town's history from the dinosaur era through the 20th century. The open house featured live music by the North Street Barbershop Quartet and ice cream.

“There is so much history in East Windsor, and you wouldn't expect it,” said Roberta Duzak, an EWHS member. “You think it's just a little farming town, but there really is so much history.”

She said Cleveland, Ohio, was named after General Moses Cleveland, who was from East Windsor. He led the Connecticut Land Company to Ohio, formerly known as the Western Reserve, to develop the land claimed by Connecticut in the late 1700s.

Approximately 20 years later, the first verified dinosaur fossils found in North America were discovered in East Windsor, according to museum documents. The remains of an anchisaurus colurus were found when Solomon Ellsworth, Jr., was blasting a well.

Also, two original buildings from East Windsor's downtown - a barbershop and a probate court - were moved to the property in the late 1960s, according to EWHS President Michael Hunt. Since then, there has been some restoration done in order to preserve the buildings, such as painting, installing new windows and replacing the roof on the barbershop. However, the barbershop's two front windows are original. “If you look at them, they have wavy glass,” said Hunt.

The museum, which was once a school, is located at 115 Scantic Road and is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon.

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