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Windsor CT

Windsor CT
Windsor, Connecticut’s first town, has gone from a trading post in 1633 to a prolific agricultural and industry powerhouse in the 1700’s to the attractive suburban center that it is today.

Windsor center is the quintessentially traditional New England town center, clean, attractive, and pedestrian- and family-friendly. It is pleasantly walkable with handsome historic buildings including the Windsor Train Station built in 1869, which now houses several artists’ studios. The Town Green is a gathering place as well as a thing of beauty with old growth trees and a sense of quiet at some times and excitement at others. It is the site of many well-known annual festivals including the Shad Derby (season, parade and festival), Chili Challenge, Summer Concerts and other family friendly events throughout the year.

Windsor residents have reveled in the town’s natural beauty and enjoyed its convenient location at the confluence of the Farmington and Connecticut Rivers from the beginning of recorded time. Windsor is a town with much to offer travelers including, first and foremost, both a sense of, and hands-on experience of, history from the Windsor Historical Society’s changing exhibits and enviable genealogical library to the Luddy Tobacco and Agricultural Museum. For those who want to commune with nature, they can enjoy the natural beauty of Northwest Park with its hiking trails, snowshoe rentals, animal barn, butterfly garden and wildlife exhibits.

Windsor is full of things to do. Here are some ideas:
• Take a shady walk through the River Trails off Palisado Avenue and Mechanic Street
• Go out for some live music and drinks at a local tavern
• Research your family tree at the Windsor Historical Society
• Play golf at Keney Park, designed by eminent course architect Devereux Emmet in 1927
• Kayak down the Farmington River
• Enjoy the latest art exhibit on display at the Windsor Art Center
• Step back in time and browse radio and communications museum

For the tech inclined, there’s an easy-to-use mobile website that anyone can use to walk around and see learn about interesting sites that even lifelong residents of Windsor may not be aware of. Just point your smartphone, tablet or computer to www.TourWindsorCT.org to view the historic sites, points of interest, public art, restaurants, shops, and other interesting local businesses and attractions in Windsor.
Fun facts like these are also available on the site:
- The play and movie Arsenic and Old Lace is based on life of Windsor’s Amy Archer-Gilligan.
- Windsor Center’s volunteer fire company began in 1830 with twenty men, each subscribing $5.
- The oldest surviving stone in any Connecticut cemetery is located in Windsor’s Palisado Cemetery and commemorates Reverend Ephraim Huit, who died in 1644.
- The Route 159 bridge over the Farmington River commemorates Windsor’s famous polka maestro Ray Henry, whose real name was Henry Mocarski.

Windsor has several unique specialty stores and fun coffee joints, especially around its pedestrian- and transit-oriented town center, and several ethnic restaurants in throughout the town, from Indian to Thai, with something for everyone.


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WHS Reusable Shopping Bags
Dec 31, 2020 at Windsor High School Project Graduation
Tourism Committee Meeting
3rd Tuesdays at online
Windsor Women In Business
Third Wednesdays at online
Lunch Program - 60+ Delivery/PickUp
Weekdays at The Senior Center
Winter Tree ID Hike
Jan 25 at Northwest Park
Oscar Nominee Series
Jan 26 at Windsor Public Library
Young Naturalists Winter Hike
Jan 26 at Northwest Park
Cold Blooded Hibernators
Jan 27 at Northwest Park
Full Moon Hike
Jan 28 at Northwest Park
Virtual Nature Trivia
Jan 29 at Northwest Park
Ice Harvesting in New England
Jan 30 at Northwest Park
Tickborne Illness Support Group
Jan 30 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor, CT
Virtual Business Roundtable
First and Third Mondays at online
National Frozen Yogurt Day
Feb 2 at 1095 Kennedy Rd Suite 7B Windsor, CT
Oscar Nominee Series
Feb 2 at Windsor Public Library
Alzheimer's Support Group
Feb 9 at Kimberly Hall North 1 Emerson Dr. Windsor CT 06095 (via zoom)
Board of Directors Mtg
Feb 9 at online
Oscar Nominee Series
Feb 9 at Windsor Public Library
Tickborne Illness Support Group
Feb 13 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor, CT
Programs Committee Mtg
Feb 15 at online
Virtual Business Roundtable
First and Third Mondays at online
Oscar Nominee Series
Feb 16 at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting
3rd Tuesdays at online
Windsor Women In Business
Third Wednesdays at online
Tourism Committee Meeting
3rd Tuesdays at online
Windsor Women In Business
Third Wednesdays at online
Virtual Business Roundtable
First and Third Mondays at online
Board of Directors Mtg
Feb 9 at online
Programs Committee Mtg
Feb 15 at online
Virtual Business Roundtable
First and Third Mondays at online
Tourism Committee Meeting
3rd Tuesdays at online
Windsor Women In Business
Third Wednesdays at online
WHS Reusable Shopping Bags
Dec 31, 2020 at Windsor High School Project Graduation
Tourism Committee Meeting
3rd Tuesdays at online
WHS Reusable Shopping Bags
Dec 31, 2020 at Windsor High School Project Graduation
Tourism Committee Meeting
3rd Tuesdays at online
Windsor Women In Business
Third Wednesdays at online
Lunch Program - 60+ Delivery/PickUp
Weekdays at The Senior Center
Winter Tree ID Hike
Jan 25 at Northwest Park
Oscar Nominee Series
Jan 26 at Windsor Public Library
Young Naturalists Winter Hike
Jan 26 at Northwest Park
WHS Reusable Shopping Bags
Dec 31, 2020 at Windsor High School Project Graduation