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“Visit every July for reenactment”

Old Constitution House
Ranked #11 of 15 things to do in Windsor
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Owner description: Windsor's first preserved building.
Reviewed 19 September 2017

July 8th 1777 is a very important date in Vermont history. Windsor is the birthplace of Vermont. Vermont Constitution was written and signed here in Windsor.

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Reviewed 24 July 2017

I have lived in Windsor back in the day. The "OLD CONSTITUTION HOUSE" was a breath of fresh air. I must start off by saying that our curator, Jim, was and is, fantastic! First of all, Jim is a 91 year old plumber/electrician has his own story to tell. His mind is sharp and what a story he can tell of himself. He is a veteran of two wars. He was a CB in World War 11. He was also in Vietnam as a CB. Back to the Windsor Constitution House. Jim took us from room to room explaining what took place during those early years in Vermont History. What you heard about the "Green Mountain Boys" along with Ethan Allen, isn't what it's cracked up to be. I'll let Jim tell you the story. If you are interested in history in itself, Jim will take you back in time. It is a must see stop while in Vermont. If anything else, please stop in to thank Jim for his service. There aren't many of these men left anymore. He should be on an "Honor Flight" to Washington.

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Reviewed 25 June 2017

I am embarrassed to admit that although I have lived in Vermont for over 35 years, and driven past Constitution House many times, I only visited it today. That’s a pity, because coming here is a good grounding experience for knowing what Vermont values and Vermonters are all about.

It was here in 1777 that the people of this area defined their freedom from England and from the newly established United States, establishing the free republic of Vermont. (which existed until 1791 when Vermont was the first state admitted to the Union). Key elements of that constitution forbid slavery, and established universal male suffrage without qualification of wealth or property ownership. It is no small wonder then that the state motto is Freedom and Unity. And it is no surprise that with such a grounding this is the State that was first to legalize same-sex Civil Unions!

The building has been moved twice, and has had some modifications over the years, but it has been well preserved. The exhibits, while small, help to define that Vermont spirit that appeals to so many. Bill,the docent, was excellent in bringing history to life. An excellent place to include on your travels!

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Reviewed 29 August 2016

Well worth the $3 entry. In addition to a lot of interesting exhibits, we were lucky enough to be guided around the museum by Jim, who provided a lot of extra information and insights. A great way to spend some time on a Saturday or Sunday.

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Reviewed 29 June 2016

Old Constitution House State Historic Site, but moved from its original location a few blocks away. Birthplace of the Vermont Republic and the Constitution of the State of Vermont

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