Learn the history

Windsor - posted Sep, 04 2013

WINDSOR - 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 Windsor Historical Society on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 2 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. Discover the history behind Palisado Green and how this historic area developed. In the Broad Street Green area, 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. See the oldest home in town, Batchelder’s studio, and where Spencer repeating shotguns were manufactured. Hear about the impact of railroad and electrical lines, and 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. Call 860-688-3813 to reserve a space on the bus by Sept. 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.

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