Community Spotlight: Windsor
Windsor, located in southern Vermont, is surrounded by beauty with Mount Ascutney and the Connecticut River giving way to numerous recreational opportunities and artistic inspiration. Home to Harpoon Brewery, the American Precision Museum and Simon Pearce handcrafted gifts, this small, progressive community honors the past while looking forward to a promising future.
Windsor was founded in 1761, and in 1777, the State Constitution was written here. Wood and metal manufacturers were established and much of the historic architecture remains intact, providing tourists with a detailed look into the town’s history. In fact, the community has worked together for many years to design and construct a Waypoint/Welcome Center and a series of interpretive signs throughout the town to keep its history alive.
Many strides have been made by the community to revitalize the downtown district, including the renovation of The Block, originally composed of 72 units within a structure of nine identically attached buildings. A portion of The Block was completed in 1989, and since that time, it has been used to provide affordable housing. Future plans include the installation of a new roof, high efficiency boilers and distribution systems, as well as new windows and an electrical system upgrade. Streetscape design and parking improvements have also been made within the downtown.
On Sunday afternoons, Windsor’s village green hosts a Farmers Market. In addition to all of the recreation areas and opportunities surrounding the town, residents gather annually to celebrate Moondance, a mystical, celestial street festival that lights up the downtown with a parade, performers, educational exhibits and a variety of vendors.