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Windsor, Vermont, USA - Wales Goodyear Co. Windsor, Vermont

Windsor is a town in Windsor County, Vermont. It's one of the oldest towns in Vermont and boasts a rich history.


Windsor is a town in Windsor County, Vermont, United States. As the "Birthplace of Vermont", the town is where the Constitution of Vermont was adopted in 1777, thus marking the founding of the Vermont Republic—a sovereign state until 1791 when Vermont joined the United States. wikipedia



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Main Street, Windsor, Vt.
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Runnemede Lake and Cornish Hills, Windsor, Vt.
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State Prison, 1909
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Residence of J. R. Clark, Windsor, Vt.
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Windsor House. Built in 1821. Lafayette stopped at this house in 1824.
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"The first General Assembly of Vermont convened in the meetinghouse at Windsor, March 13, 1778, and organized the new state."

History of Newbury, Vermont... by Frederic Palmer Wells, 1902
1839 - Windsor
Windsor, Vermont
Windsor county. Windsor was first settled in 1764. Its surface is uneven, but there are few parts of it unfit for cultivation. It contains large tracts of alluvial meadow, and the uplands are generally fertile. Mill brook waters the south part of the town, and furnishes it with excellent mill sites. The manufactures of the town are numerous and valuable. The agricultural interests are also valuable: 10,000 sheep are annually sheared in the town, and many neat cattle, horses and productions of the dairy are annually transported to its various markets.

This town has become the centre of an important commerce, both from the river and a fertile interior country. The favorable position of Windsor, as a place of trade, was early discovered, and it has been fortunate in possessing a succession of men, who, by their enterprise and wealth, have rendered it one of the most flourishing towns on Connecticut river.

Windsor is situated on the west side of that delightful... Read MORE...

1849 Windsor
Windsor Co. The surface of this delightful town is uneven, but there are but few parts of it unfit for cultivation. It contains large tracts of alluvial meadow, and the uplands are generally fertile. Mill Brook waters the south part of the town, and furnishes it with mill sites.

The manufactures of Windsor are numerous and valuable. The agricultural interests are also valuable ; and many neat cattle, horses, and productions of the dairy, are annually transported to its various markets.

This town has become the centre of an important commerce, both from the river and a fertile interior country. The favorable position of Windsor, as a place of trade, was early discovered ; and it has been fortunate in possessing a succession of men, who, by their enterprise
and wealth, have rendered it one of the most flourishing towns on Connecticut River. The manufactures of Windsor are considerable.

The village of Windsor is on elevated ground, on the bank of the river ; it is compactly,... Read MORE...

1854 - Windsor
Windsor, a beautiful and flourishing post- village of Windsor county, Vermont, at the union of the Sullivan and the Vermont Central railroads, 77 miles S. S. E. from Montpelier. The site comprises the western verge of an alluvial meadow about a quarter of a mile wide, bordering on the Connecticut, and terminated on the S. and 8. W. by Millbrook, and by Pulkhole Brook on the N. and N. W. The scenery is exceedingly varied and picturesque, the view embracing Ascutney mountain, only 3 miles distant. The village is handsomely and somewhat compactly built. The streets are beautifully shaded, and many of the dwellings are enclosed by highly ornamented grounds. The principal avenue is very serpentine, making as many as four considerable angles in passing from the northern to its southern limit, the effect being that not more than one-third of the village can be seen from any one point of view. Windsor is the seat of the Vermont State Prison, besides which it contains a bank, 2 newspaper... Read MORE...

1895 - Windsor
Windsor, a beautiful post-village of Windsor co., Vt., in a township of the same name, on the Connecticut River, and on the Southern division of the Central Vermont Rail road, 14 miles below White River Junction, and about 33 miles E.S.E. of Rutland. It contains the Vermont state prison, 4 churches, a national bank, a savings-bank, 2 newspaper offices, and a fine building used for the post office and United States court. It has manufactures of cot ton, machinery, &c. Ascutney Mountain is in the S. part of the township. Pop, in 1890, 1384; of the township, 1846.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1895 - Flood
...At Windsor, Vt., the water has risen thirty feet, and business is almost entirely suspended...
Middletown Daily Argus
Middletown, New York
April 16, 1895
1906
Windsor, a post-village of Windsor co., Vt., in a township (town) of the same name, on the Connecticut River and on the Central Vermont and the Boston and Maine Rs., about 33 miles ESE. of Rutland. It contains the Vermont state prison and has a packing-house and manufactures of hardware, boots and shoes, and machinery. Ascutney Mountain is in the S. part of the town. Pop. in 1900, 1656; of the town, 2119.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1912 - ROPE BREAKS AT HANGING. Accident Mars Vermont Execution, but Slayer of Girl Died Swiftly.
WINDSOR, Vt., Jan.5. - Elroy Kent was hanged in the State Prison here to-day for the murder of Delia B. Congdon, a deaf mute, in her home in East Wallingford, three and a half years ago. Although the rope broke, and the body fell to the floor, Dr. S. E. McKerven, the prison physician, said he died almost instantly.

The trap was released at 1:18 P. M., when six deputy sheriffs each pushed a button. One of them released the trap.

The statement was issued by Dr. McKerven after the execution:
Owing to an unavoidable accident which no one was responsible for, the condemned man's neck was only partially broken by the fall. But he suffered no conscious thought and died from the shock.
The New York Times
New York, New York
January 6, 1912

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1968 - March 18 - WVTA TV channel 41 in Windsor, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting

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2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Windsor:
Windsor Historical Society:

Start your visit by exploring the Windsor Historical Society. It's a great way to get a sense of the town's rich history and heritage. The Old Constitution House, located here, is where Vermont's constitution was adopted in 1777.

Harpoon Brewery:

If you're a beer enthusiast, don't miss the Harpoon Brewery. Take a tour to learn about the brewing process and, of course, sample some of their delicious beers. They often host events and have a beer garden for a relaxing experience.

American Precision Museum:

Explore the American Precision Museum, showcasing the history of precision manufacturing. It's a unique museum that provides insights into the industrial history of the region.

Mount Ascutney:

For outdoor enthusiasts, Mount Ascutney offers hiking trails with breathtaking views. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just looking for a leisurely walk, there are trails for every skill level.

Windsor Cornish Covered Bridge:

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Windsor, Vermont, USA

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male ancestorHezekiah THOMPSON (25 September 1723, Stratford, Connecticut, USA (Putney) - 14 September 1803, Windsor, Vermont, USA)
female ancestorHannah UNKNOWN (10 September 1725, Wallingford, Connecticut, USA - 3 September 1799, Windsor, Vermont, USA)
male ancestorEbenezer HOISINGTON (3 April 1729, Farmington, Connecticut, USA (Unionville) - 25 July 1804, Windsor, Vermont, USA)
female ancestorElizabeth MILLER (December 1729, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA (Florence) - 3 April 1792, Windsor, Vermont, USA)
female ancestorLucy THOMPSON (17 August 1780, Windsor, Vermont, USA - 11 December 1854, Warren, Vermont, USA)
male ancestorWilliam PORTER (8 September 1781, Windsor, Vermont, USA - 1 January 1858, Warren, Vermont, USA)
male ancestorDaniel DUNBAR (1803, Windsor, Vermont, USA - 19 December 1861, Ware, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorLucy SMITH (11 June 1809, Windsor, Vermont, USA - 12 November 1885, Randolph, Vermont, USA)
male ancestorHenry Bartholomew STEVENS (24 February 1811, Windsor, Vermont, USA - 15 July 1868, Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA)

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