You know Windsor, Vermont is proud of its heritage even before you get there. Signs on Interstate 91 announce the town as the “Birthplace of Vermont.” Which it is, because the constitution for the then Republic of Vermont was signed at a tavern in Windsor in 1777.
Summer through fall, you can visit the Old Constitution House and learn more about this historic document.
The historical backdrop to the ongoing story of Windsor is evident throughout the town, as is the community’s commitment to preserving its natural resources and providing residents with the services and opportunities that mark Windsor as a twenty-first-century community.
Let’s spend a day in Windsor and see what this town of 3,500 people has to offer!
- Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge. Four different bridges have spanned this expanse of the Connecticut River between Cornish, New Hampshire, on one side and Windsor, Vermont, on the other. Floods took out the first three, and the one that graces the river now has been restored twice, at a cost of more than 4 million dollars. But Windsor just wouldn’t be Windsor without it. It’s the longest wooden covered bridge in the United States, and the longest two-span covered bridge in the world. You’ve got to drive over it or, better yet, get out and walk it and take the inevitable selfie.
- Windsor Walking Tour. Grab your backpack and smartphone and head out for a downtown walking tour that will take you by more than 40 historic sites. Six banners mark the spots where you can scan QR codes and listen to explanations of the historic site, including the castle-like Shubael Wardner House, the Old Constitution House, Ascutney Mill dam, and the railroad station.
- Boston Dreams Coffee Shop. After your walk, find some refreshment at a unique coffee shop that combines java with Boston-related sports memorabilia. Boston Dreams features Vermont-roasted coffee and espresso, award-winning chili, 12 flavors of ice cream, and a Bean Town sports gallery. Find them at 7 State Street.
- American Precision Museum. This imposing brick structure on the banks of the Connecticut River takes you back in time to when innovations in machine tooling propelled America into the Industrial Revolution and helped the Allies win the good fight in two world wars. Open late May through late fall, museum exhibits focus on industrial developments from the 1840s to the present.
- Windsor Town Forest. The main drag in downtown Windsor has the Connecticut River to the east and Lake Runnemede to the west. And right up against the western edge of the lake, there’s Paradise Park in the Windsor Town Forest. It’s a haven for hikers, bikers, bird watchers, and more. For folks who are not outdoor enthusiasts but love scenic views, check out the Windsor Mansion Inn, located in the heights above Lake Runnemede, or relax at the Snapdragon Inn, located on Main Street at the edge of the lake.