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Windsor Historical Society

Galleries with changing exhibits, history center, research library. House tours include John and Sarah Strong House, Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee House.

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Visit Windsor Historical Society in Connecticut's oldest English settlement and fall under the spell of two charming old New England homes, evocative exhibitions galleries, and the many fascinating old photographs, documents and genealogical materials in the research library. And now, families visiting the Hands-On-History Learning Center can try on Colonial costumes, cook a meal in the fireplace, milk the cow, and attend a one-room school. See Native American artifacts, rare 17th century chests, costumes, quilts, cigar maker's molds, maps, mousetraps, and more in the galleries. Sniff some of the herbs in the 18th century garden, and admire the espaliered pear and ancient quince trees in the picturesque courtyard. Step into the 1758 John and Sarah Strong house and discover what life was like for Windsor men, women, and children of the 18th and 19th centuries. Peek into a tiny corner room to see the town's first post office. Just down the hall, discover the small general store where a sea captain's wife sold imported fabrics. Walk across the historic Palisado Green to Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee's house and appreciate the life of this country doctor through the medical instruments, account books, and pharmaceutical recipes on display. After browsing the library, end your visit in the museum shop by picking up a stoneware mug, those exquisite note cards, a map or history book, and a candy-stick or toffee for the road. Casual visitors and serious researchers of all ages are bound to enjoy the priceless collections and unforgettable ambiance of the Windsor Historical Society in historic and beautiful Windsor, Connecticut.

Tour time: 1.5 hours


Pricing: Adults $5, seniors $4, children free.

Other Amenities: Open After COVID, Bus Parking, Guided Group Tours, Special Rentals



96 Palisado Ave.
(Rte. 159)
Windsor, CT 06095


Tue.-Sat. 10-4.

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