Southern Vermont : Windsor (Vermont)
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, one of Vermont's only volcanoes (inactive), 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.
A car is preferable in this rural area, however biking is common in the warmer months.
Windsor is a very historical town with many 18th century buildings that are in 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 and was previously claimed land by NH and NY. Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain 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, located on Route 5 North heading into town, has been restored and is open to the public. This historic building has moved from it's original location to where it sits today. Another historic building in this town is the Toll House; this is where tolls were originally collected after crossing the Covered Bridge over the Connecticut River.
Windsor is a town with something to do for everyone to do. Vermont's fall months there are foliage viewing; the spring brings mud season and maple sugaring. In Windsor there are scenes of small town life with plenty of trees, flowers and shrubs and is more rural as you travel further from downtown. In the downtown area there are many small businesses where everyone is friendly and inviting; some examples of small businesses are Tami's Head Lines, Pizza Chef, Mariams, and Boston Dreams. Windsor is also home to Paradise Park, a great local wooded area with plenty of open spaces, streams, and a pond.
Windsor is home to many shops and convenience stores. The smaller businesses include Friends & Co., Three Seasons Art Gallery, Simon Pearce, Vermont State Craft Center, and Saint Gaudens National Historic Site. Larger convenience stores include Price Chopper, Aubuchon Hardware, Dollar General, and Rite Aid.