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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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Annual Fall Art Exhibition
Thru Dec 3 at Windsor Town Hall
Poinsettia Sale
Ends Nov. 30
Women’s Craft Show Weekend
Nov 28 at Windsor Art Center
Palette & Brush Show & Popup Market
Nov 29 at Windsor Town Hall
Cooking With Sue
Dec 2 at Virtual/Online
Cooking With Sue
Dec 4 at Virtual/Online
Historic Drinks Program
Dec 4 at Windsor Historical Society
Breakfast Sandwtich a Go Go
Dec 5 at 599 Mantianuck Ave Windsor CT
Tickborne Illness Support Group
Dec 5 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor, CT
Virtual Business Roundtable
First and Third Mondays at online
Board of Directors Mtg
Dec 8 at online
Alzheimer's Support Group
Dec 9 at Kimberly Hall North 1 Emerson Dr. Windsor CT 06095 (via zoom)
Cooking with Viji
Dec 10 at Virtual/Online
Tourism Committee Meeting
3rd Tuesdays at online
Tickborne Illness Support Group
Dec 19 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor, CT
Lunch Program - 60+ Delivery/PickUp
Weekdays at The Senior Center
Programs Committee Mtg
Dec 21 at online
Virtual Business Roundtable
First and Third Mondays at online
Annual Fall Art Exhibition
Thru Dec 3 at Windsor Town Hall
Poinsettia Sale
Ends Nov. 30
Annual Fall Art Exhibition
Thru Dec 3 at Windsor Town Hall
Poinsettia Sale
Ends Nov. 30
Women’s Craft Show Weekend
Nov 28 at Windsor Art Center
Palette & Brush Show & Popup Market
Nov 29 at Windsor Town Hall