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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

Have A Heart for Mary's Place
All of February at Local Area Businesses
$5 Wednesday
Wednesdays at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt 1095 Kennedy Rd Windsor, CT 06074
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Feb 21 at One Emerson Drive
Comedy Night
Feb 21 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Social Security Benefits
Feb 21 at WCC Office - 261 Broad Street, Windsor
Trivia at Buffalo Wild Wings
Feb 21 at Buffalo Wild Wings in Windsor
Wacky Wednesdays
Feb 21 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Co Existing with Wildlife
Feb 22 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Police Community Forum
Feb 22 at Windsor Town Hall - 275 Broad Street
Black History Jeopardy
Feb 23 at Windsor Town Hall, Council Chambers
Book Babies
Fridays at Windsor Public Library
Date Night BOGO 1/2 Off
Fridays at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt 1095 Kennedy Rd Windsor, CT 06074
Fish Fry Friday
Feb 23 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Wine & Whiskey Tasting
Feb 23 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing
Saturdays and Sundays at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 0695
Steak Dinner
Feb 24 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Police Cadets Spaghetti Supper
Feb 24 at Trinity United Methodist Church
Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing
Saturdays and Sundays at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 0695
Open Skate at Loomis Ice Rink
Most Sundays at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Ballroom Dancing for Beginners
Feb 26 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Monday Morning Book Club
Feb 26 at Windsor Public Library
Senior Citizen Day at Menchie's
Feb 26 at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt
Talk & Toys
Feb 26 at Windsor Public Library
Vigorous Kripalu Yoga
Feb 26 at Windsor High School J105
Young Artists After School Program
Feb 26 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Oscar Nominee Series
Feb 27 at Windsor Public Library
$5 Wednesday
Wednesdays at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt 1095 Kennedy Rd Windsor, CT 06074
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Budget Wkshp for Windsor Residents
Feb 28 at Windsor Town Hall - 275 Broad Street
Community Dancing
Wednesdays at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Harriet Tubman History Performance
Feb 28 at LP Wilson Community Center Auditorium
Prime Rib Buffet
Feb 28 at Tavern at Keney Park 171 Windsor Ave Windsor, CT
Wacky Wednesdays
Feb 28 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 1 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Book Babies
Fridays at Windsor Public Library
Date Night BOGO 1/2 Off
Fridays at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt 1095 Kennedy Rd Windsor, CT 06074
Business After Hours
Feb 21 at One Emerson Drive
Trivia at Buffalo Wild Wings
Feb 21 at Buffalo Wild Wings in Windsor
It's the Windsor Feud!
Mar 3 at Windsor Town Hall and live on Win-TV and Win-TV.org
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Windsor Chamber Cares Auction
Apr 6 at Maneely's Banquet and Catering - 65 Rye St, South Windsor, CT
Trivia at Buffalo Wild Wings
Feb 21 at Buffalo Wild Wings in Windsor