Windsor is a town in Windsor County, of the Southern Windsor County region, and is known as the birthplace of Vermont, where the state constitution was signed.
Before joining the United States as the 14th state, Vermont was an independent republic known as the Vermont Republic. Windsor was the capital of the Vermont Republic from 1777 to 1791, and acted as the first capital place for the State of Vermont until 1805 when Montpelier became the official capital.
Windsor is known in Vermont history as the location of the framing of the constitution of Vermont, which was unique in a number of ways: it was the first to prohibit slavery, the first to establish universal manhood suffrage without requiring ownership of property, and the first to establish a system of public schools.
Some notable people from the area include: Asher Benjamin, an architect, author, & educator; Carlos Coolidge, a politician; Edward Curtis, a politician; A. E. Douglass, an astronomer; William M. Evarts, an attorney general, secretary of state, & senator; Horace Everett, a congressman; William Laurel Harris, an educator & arts organizer; Valentine B. Horton, a congressman; Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard, a fur trader & developer of Chicago; Jonathan Hatch Hubbard, a congressman; William Hunter, a congressman; Bob Keeshan, an actor & television producer; Maxwell Perkins, an editor; Matt Salinger, an actor; Stephen William Shaw, an artist; Zachary Hyde, an American rapper who goes by the stage name "GENOCIDE"; Mark Shepard, a state senator; Nathaniel Simonds, a politician; William H.H. Stowell, a congressman, merchant & industrialist; Henry D. Washburn, a congressman & general; and Maxwell Evarts, Lead Council to the Union Pacific Railway, President of Windsor Savings Bank, & Founder of the State Fair Program in Vermont.
The American Precision Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders on Saturday September 21, 2019 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based museums. Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 450,000 tickets were downloaded for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2019 is expected to attract more museumgoers than ever before. See Smithsonian.com/museumday for downloadable tickets to be used on 9/21/19. The American Precision Museum is located in the 1846 Robbins & Lawrence Armory, a National Historic Landmark, and traces the beginnings of manufacturing to modern technology through exhibits and interactive programs. Open daily, Memorial Day Weekend through October 31, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The American Precision Museum is proud to be a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military & their families.
On Sunday, September 22nd, Harpoon Brewery invites runners to kick off leaf peeping season by joining its first ever Flannel 5K, a scenic, foliage filled road race, starting and ending at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT. After the race, runners can enjoy a flannel-themed party with fresh beer, a light lunch provided by North Country Smokehouse, live music from the local band Hot Flannel, games and more. Net proceeds from the race will go to The Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center (FNCCC) to raise funds for cancer research and patient care at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. This September marks the first official Harpoon Flannel 5K though Harpoon Brewery has hosted a fall-themed charity race at its Vermont brewery for 16 years, raising more than $240,000 for the center to date.