Windsor, Vermont

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Brief History

Windsor was chartered as a town on July 6, 1761 and has played many important roles in both state and country history. In 1777, the signers of the Constitution of the Vermont Republic met at Old Constitution House, a tavern at the time. It is known as the birthplace of Vermont, and acted as the first capital until 1805 when Montpelier became the official state capital.

The tools and the methods which make mass production possible were pioneered at the Robbins & Lawrence Armory in Windsor, Vermont. Using precision metal and wood cutting machines and high standards of accuracy, Robbins & Lawrence proved the effectiveness of a new type of manufacturing that would soon be known as the American System.[1][2][3]

Historical Data

The Vermont Historical Gazetteer is a 5 volume set of historical information by Abby Maria Hemenway with Volume I published in 1867 and Volume V completed in 1891 after her death. Also available online in PDF format at this link.

Town Histories

The birthplace of Vermont : a history of Windsor to 1781, by Henry S. Wardner, - Find this book in a library.

Chronicles of Windsor : 1761-1975, by Katherine E Conlin; Wilma Burnham Paronto; Stella Vitty Henry - Find this book in a library.

Windsor heritage : birthplace of Vermont's constitution and industry, by Katherine E Conlin - Find this book in a library.

Vital Records

FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.

Probate Records

The probate district for Windsor is Windsor.
Windsor Probate Court
PO Box 402 (Cota Fuel Bdg)
N. Springfield, VT 05150
Phone: (802) 886-2284

City Directories

The Family History Library has microfilm of the Windsor Town Directories.

Vermont City Directories in Vermont Repositories

Maps

1869 map of Windsor

Cemeteries

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Windsor. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Windsor County, website at this link.

  • Ascutney Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Hoisington Cemetery (aka Fitch Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Houghton Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Old South Church Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Saint Francis of Assisi Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

Churches

1. First Congregational Church of Windsor
    (Old South Church)
    149 Main St.
    Windsor, VT 05089
    Phone: (802) 674-5087

2. St Francis of Assisi Parish 
    30 Union St. 
    PO Box 46
    Windsor, VT 05089
    Phone: (802) 674-2157

3. St Paul's Episcopal Church
    27 State St.
    Windsor, VT 05089
    Phone: (802) 674-6576

4. United Methodist Church
    165 Main St.
    Windsor, VT 05089
    Phone: (802) 674-5359

Town Records

Digital images of Windsor Town records 1732-2005 are available online at FamilySearch.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Windsor Town Clerk's Office. These include Land records, 1783-1904; general index to land records, 1783-1882Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1921-1997; indexes to births, marriages, deaths, ca. 1765-1996, and Records of births, deaths, and marriages, v. 1-3, 1764-1858.

Windsor Town Clerk
29 Union St.
Windsor, VT 05089
Phone: 802-674-6786
Websilte: http://www.windsorvt.org/town-clerk/

Newspapers

The Vermont Standard

Libraries and Historical Societies

Windsor Historical Society
PO Box 300
Windsor, VT 05089
Phone: (802) 674-2326

Windsor Public Library
43 State Street
Windsor, VT 05089
Phone: (802) 674-2556
Email librarian@windsorlibrary.org
Website: http://windsorlibrary.org/

References

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