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Freedom Trail Sites & Activities

Freedom Trail Sites & Activities
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Archer Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church
321 Hayden Station Road
A community of African Americans resided in the Hayden Station area during the 19th century. The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church was one of the religious and social centers for this community. Its first building was constructed with financial assistance from a local philanthropist, Frederick Thrall. The original church was located next to the pine grove north of Hayden Station Road and Pond Road. In 1915 the church was relocated and named Archer Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in memory of Sandy Archer.

Sandy Archer remembered
Sandy Archer, born in 1806, was a sincere Christian who died at the age of 108. Mr. Archer was born a slave in the south. Through the Underground Railroad, Archer escaped from his slave owner and came to the Windsor area where he began his days of freedom. A Windsor road was named in his honor.

Archer Memorial Cemetery
During the 1880's and 1890's, the first resident pastor, Reverend Dennis Scott White, conducted popular camp meetings in the Pine Grove. The cemetery, located in the Pine Grove, contains the graves of Sandy Archer and his wife Elizabeth, along with other members of Archer. There are approximately 21 graves located in the cemetery. The nearby pond was used by the congregation for baptismal services and by the town for swimming and ice-skating.

Joseph Rainey House
229 Palisado Avenue
Joseph Rainey purchased this property on May 20, 1874 and owned it for the remainder of his life. It was used by Rainey and his family as a summer residence. Rainey is best know for being the first African American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving for the state of South Carolina. He was also elected to five terms, holding office from 1870 to 1879. During this period he introduced petitions for the passage of civil rights legislation that would guarantee African Americans their full constitutional rights. He dramatized his stance on the issues of access to public accommodations by his refusal to leave the dining room of a hotel in Suffolk, Virginia, forcing the owner to remove him. The Rainey family was active in the First Church of Windsor and in 1876 Rainey spoke at the town's observance of the American Centennial celebration. The house is privately owned and not open to the public. It is included in the Palisado Avenue National Register Historic District.

Nancy Tomey
Palisado Cemetery
Only a few slaves remained in Connecticut by the time the state passed its full emancipation law in 1848. Several of these individuals were too aged to care for themselves and therefore continued working with their former owners. It is believed that Nancy Tomey, a former slave of the Chaffee/Loomis family of Windsor was the last survivor of this group in Connecticut. When she died in 1857, she was buried in the Palisado Cemetery. The grave is at the rear of the cemetery, located on the left side of the road in an area with few markers.

Riverside Cemetery - New site!
Riverside Cemetery on East Street in Windsor, is our newest Freedom Trail site. A number of African American soldiers from the all Black Connecticut 29th and 31st regiments and other civil war units are
buried there.

Freedom Trail Activities
These annual events take place in September
- Gospel Fest on the Green
- Freedom Trail Run (starts at Archer, ends at Keney Park)
For information, please call 860-688-5225

The above information was reprinted from the "Freedom Trail Sites Windsor" brochure from the Connecticuct Freedom Trail

Also of note though not officially a "Freedom Trail" site:
375 Palisado Avenue was the site of Moses Mitchell's home. The Mitchells were a family of free African Americans owning property on both sides of the Connecticut River in the late 18th and early 19th century. Moses Mitchell, a farmer, was one of the founding members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Windsor.


Events

Monday Morning Book Club
Feb 24 at Windsor Public Library
Youths Combating Climate Change
Feb 24 at Windsor Public Library, 323 Broad St
Learn to Crochet
Feb 25 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 26 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Wine, Shine, & Dine
Feb 26 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Job Application Appointments
Feb 27 at Windsor Public Library
Veterans Coffee Hour
4th Thursdays at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
HBG Game Night @ Luppoleto Brewery
Feb 29 at Luppoleto Brewery, 20 Main St, Windsor Locks CT
Taxes in Retirement
Feb 29 at Wilson Branch Library, 365 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095
The Windsor Feud
Feb 29 at Windsor Town Hall
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Sundays thru March at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 1 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Learn to Crochet
Mar 3 at Windsor Public Library
Transportation Committee Meeting
Mar 3 at Chamber office
Blood Pressure Screenings
Mar 4 at Senior Center located at LP Wilson Community Center.
Artist Reception
Mar 4 at Center for Integrative Medicine
Blood Pressure Workshop
Mar 4 at L.P. Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 4 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Hampton Inn, 2168 Poquonock Ave
Windsor Center Complete Street 2
Mar 4 at Jim's Pizza, 124 Poquonock Ave
Windsor Complete Streets Meeting
Mar 4 at Jim's Pizza, Poquonock Ave
Genealogy Support Group 3.5.20
Mar 5 at Windsor Historical Society
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
1st & 3rd Thursdays at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Credit Education
Mar 7 at Wilson Branch Library, 365 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095
HBG RPG Nights at the Bean
Mar 7 at The Bean @ 226
Irish Step Dancing Performance
Mar 7 at Windsor Public Library
Trains, Boats & Bridges
Mar 7 at Windsor Historical Society
Trains, Boats, & Bridges 4 Kids!
Mar 7 at Windsor Historical Society
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Sundays thru March at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 8 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Cut the Cord
Mar 9 at Windsor Public Library
Job Application Appointments
Mar 9 at Windsor Public Library
Art Demonstration
Mar 10 at L.P. Wilson Community Center
Chamber Board of Directors meeting
Mar 10 at Chamber Office
Jolly Beggars
Mar 10 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Mar 10 at Windsor Public Library
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Wednesdays at Kimberly Hall North
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Mar 11 at Chamber office
B.P. Educational Sessions
Mar 11 at Windsor Town Hall
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 11 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Mar 11 at Union Street Tavern, 20 Union Street
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Special Travel Presentation
Mar 12 at Windsor Town Hall, Ludlow Room
WACky Comedy Night at Art Center
Mar 12 at 40 Mechanic Street, Windsor
Windsor Women In Business
Mar 12 at Berkshire Hathaway, 240 Bloomfield Avenue, Windsor CT 06095
Taste of Windsor
Mar 14 at Loomis Chaffee School
When You Wish Upon a Star
Mar 14 at First Church in Windsor, 107 Palisado Ave.
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Sundays thru March at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 15 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Diabetic Support Group
Mar 17 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Learn to Crochet
Mar 17 at Windsor Public Library
Forklift Training
Mar 17 at Hartford/Windsor Marriott Airport | 28 Day Hill Rd | Windsor
Tourism Committee Meeting
Mar 17 at Chamber office
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 18 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Create your Own Podcast
Mar 19 at Windsor Community Television, Inc
Programs Committee Meeting
Mar 19 at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
1st & 3rd Thursdays at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Chinese Paper Cutting
Mar 21 at Windsor Public Library
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Mary's Place Wine Tasting
Mar 21 at Farmington Gardens; 999 Farmington Ave, Farmington CT 06032
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Sundays thru March at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 22 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Monday Morning Book Club
Mar 23 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Mar 24 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 25 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Job Application Appointments
Mar 26 at Windsor Public Library
Veterans Coffee Hour
4th Thursdays at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Konmari Decluttering
Mar 28 at Wilson Branch Library, 365 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Sundays thru March at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Craft & Vendor Fair
Mar 29 at Hilton Garden Inn 555 Corporate Drive Windsor CT
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 29 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
LinkedIn
Mar 30 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Mar 31 at Windsor Public Library
Blood Pressure Screenings
Apr 1 at Senior Center located at LP Wilson Community Center.
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Apr 1 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Hampton Inn, 2168 Poquonock Ave
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
1st & 3rd Thursdays at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Art Opening Reception
Apr 5 at Council Chambers at Windsor Town Hall
Spring Art Exhibit
Apr 5 at Windsor Town Hall
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Apr 5 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Start, Manage, &Grow Your Business
Apr 6 at Wilson Branch Library, 365 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095
Learn to Crochet
Apr 7 at Windsor Public Library
Transportation Committee Meeting
Apr 7 at Chamber office
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Wednesdays at Kimberly Hall North
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Apr 8 at Chamber office
B.P. Educational Sessions
Apr 8 at Windsor Town Hall
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Apr 8 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Start, Manage, & Grow Your Business
Apr 8 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street
Andy and Judy - Folk Music
Apr 9 at Windsor Public Library
HBG RPG Nights at the Bean
Apr 11 at The Bean @ 226
Job Application Appointments
Apr 13 at Windsor Public Library
Kids Acting Workshop
Apr 13 at Wilson Branch Library, 365 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095
Animal Friends Storytime
Apr 14 at Wilson Branch Library, 365 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095
Chamber Board of Directors meeting
Apr 14 at Chamber Office
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Apr 15 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Apr 15 at Windsor Station, 55 Mechanic St
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Programs Committee Meeting
Apr 16 at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
1st & 3rd Thursdays at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Diabetic Support Group
Apr 21 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Apr 21 at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting
Apr 21 at Chamber office
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Apr 22 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Job Application Appointments
Apr 23 at Windsor Public Library
Screenprinting &Sustainable Fashion
Apr 23 at Windsor Public Library
Veterans Coffee Hour
4th Thursdays at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT