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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

Socktober - winter sock collection
thru December at Windsor Social Services, LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue
Annual Art Exhibition
thru Nov 29 at Windsor Town Hall
Christmas Cards for Troops
Nov 15 at 330 Windsor Avenue Community Center
Mary's Place Open House
Nov 15 at 6 Poquonock Avenue Windsor, CT 06095
Mother - Daughter Circle
Nov 15 at 330 WIndsor Avenue Community Center
Understanding Video Game Addiction
Nov 15 at Windsor Public Library
Family Paint Night
Nov 16 at 330 Windsor Avenue Community Center
Irene’s Traveling Paint Party
Nov 16 at My Lily of the Valley shop located at 532 1/2 Hopmeadow Rd, Simsbury
Wild Game Dinner
Nov 16 at The Tavern at Keney Park
ACE Hardware Fundraiser
Nov 17 at Windsor ACE Hardware
All you can eat Prime Rib
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Coffee table books!
Nov 17 at 1073 Palisado Ave
Northwest Park Coffeehouse
Nov 17 at Nature Center at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road Windsor CT
Storytelling Festival
Nov 17 at Northwest Park, 135 Lang Rd Windsor, CT
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Nov 19 at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Nov 20 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Nov 21 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Nov 21 at Windsor Public Library
Tacos and Trivia
Nov 21 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Book signing -local author!
Nov 23 at 1073 Palisado Ave
Full Moon Hike at Northwest Park
Nov 23 at Northwest Park & Nature Center
All you can eat Prime Rib
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Georgraphy books!
Nov 24 at 1073 Palisado Ave
Small Business Saturday
Nov 24 at Windsor's Small Businesses
Weekend Workshop: Custom Woods Sign
Nov 24 at Windsor Public Library
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Nov 26 at LP Wilson Community Center
Mobile Mammography
Nov 26 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave., Windsor, CT 06095
How to Plan and Pay for College
Nov 27 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Monday Morning Book Club
Nov 27 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Nov 28 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Nov 28 at Windsor Public Library
Brazilian Jazz - Windsor Art Center
Nov 29 at Windsor Art Center
Festival of Wreaths
Nov 29 at Kimberly Hall North
Modern Calligraphy Workshop
Nov 29 at Windsor Public Library
Christmas at Ellsworth Homestead
Nov 30 at Ellsworth Homestead, 778 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Holiday Gift Card
thru Dec 31 at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt 1095 Kennedy Road Windsor, CT
Brunch with Santa
Dec 2 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Cookies with Santa
Dec 2 at Windsor Fire Station 340 Bloomfield Ave Windsor, Ct 06095
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 3 at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Still Young Book Club
Dec 4 at Union Street Tavern, 20 Union Street
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 5 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Dec 5 at Windsor Public Library
Chasing the Dragon Documentary
Dec 5 at Windsor High School Auditorium 50 Sage Park Road, Windsor CT
Holiday Business Breakfast
Dec 5 at Hartford/Windsor Marriott
Handler & Levesque Joy to the World
Dec 7 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor, CT
Carol Sing & Torchlight Parade
Dec 8 at Windsor Town Green
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Home Alone Safety Class
Dec 8 at 330 Windsor Avenue Community Center
Multicultural Vendor Fair
Dec 8 at 25 Sage Park Road, WIndsor, CT
Sage Park PTO Vendor Fair
Dec 8 at Sage Park Middle School
Windsor Art Ctr Holiday Art & Craft
Dec 8 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor
WWII book sale
Dec 8 at 1073 Palisado Ave
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Windsor Art Ctr Holiday Art & Craft
Dec 9 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor
Fencing Class
Dec 10 at LP Wilson Community Center
Holiday Movie
Dec 11 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Meet Santa & Menchie
Dec 11 at 1095 Kennedy Road Ste, 7B Windsor, CT 06095
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 12 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Dec 12 at Windsor Public Library
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
Reading Challenge
Dec 13 at Windsor Public Library
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 17 at LP Wilson Community Center
Monday Morning Book Club
Dec 17 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 19 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Dec 19 at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Dec 19 at Windsor High School J113
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 24 at LP Wilson Community Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Dec 26 at LP Wilson Community Center
Down South Saturdays
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Dec 31 at LP Wilson Community Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Jan 2, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 2, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Jan 7, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Jan 8, 2019
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
YPW Meeting
2nd Tuesdays at 261 Broad Street, Windsor
Fencing Class
Jan 9, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 9, 2019 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Jan 9, 2019 at Tavern at Keney Park
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Jan 14, 2019 at LP Wilson Community Center