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Windsor is in Southern Vermont. Windsor has a small population of 3,800 people and sits on the banks of the Connecticut River. Mount Ascutney offers great views while visiting this small but progressive community. Founded in 1761, the town of Windsor boasts historical significance in that the Republic of Vermont was written there. The Old Constitution House is preserved as the specific building in which the document was drafted. There are many sites of historical importance within the community. The industry in the area is rich and varied; Simon Pearce, the renowned producer of blown glass and hand-thrown pottery, is but one of the renowned businesses within the community. There are also many small and locally owned retail shops that offer antiques, books, crafts, wines, gifts, and clothing. The many restaurants offer various cuisine and the recreation is plentiful. Windsor is also just a short drive away from Woodstock.
Windsor is located in the county of Windsor in Southern Vermont. It is bordered by the Connecticut River and is located North of Ascutney Mountain. One of Vermont's only volcanos (inactive).
Travel around Windsor is by typical means. Interstate 91 goes through Windsor. Windsor is approximately 12 miles from the Upper Valley tri-towns of Hanover and Lebanon, NH and Hartford, VT
While in Windsor one should see the American Precision Museum, Windsor is the home of interchangeable parts. Windsor is also a very historical town with many 18th century buildings that are various stages of rehabilitation. Windsor was the site of the writing of the Constitution of the Republic of Vermont. Vermont was never a colony of England. When it was settled both NY and NH were laying claim to the lands. Ethan Allen and the Green Mtn Boys fought these states and formed their own republic on July 7, 1777, by signing a constitution that was the first to allow women rights and ban slavery. Vermont remained a Republic for 14 years when it was recognized by the United States and became the 14th state. The Constitution house has been restored and is open to the public. Also in Windsor is Mount Ascutney State Park, two pristine ponds that are public owned, a wonderful golf club, one of the longest covered bridges in America, The former Vermont State Prison that built in 1820 and was closed in 1975. At the time of closure it was the oldest prison in the United States. Windsor also is home to the oldest continually operating post office in the same location in America. Also in town is the Cornish Gallery which features works of art by resident artists of the Cornish Colony. The Cornish colony brought highly acclaimed artists like Augustus St. Gaudens, Maxfield Parrish, Willard Metcalf, Ethel Barrymore and many more artist, writers and musicians.
Windsor is a town with something to do for everyone to do. In the winter one can ski at Mt Ascutney is nearby West Windsor, ice skate on the frozen ponds, or snowshoe through the many remote locations in town. Windsor host Paradise Park that has many acres of Forest and trails as well as Evarts pond. There is also a Open Cabin/Lean to for larger functions. These areas can be accessed year round. In the fall there is foliage, the spring brings mud season and maple sugaring. The summer is probably the best with perfect temperatures of scenery of small town life with plenty of trees, flowers and shrubs.