are the Oldest Houses in Windsor?
question that is not so easy to answer!
historian Beverly Garvan has researched and compiled
this list of Old Houses in Windsor Built Prior to
1850 for the Windsor Historical Society. She
used land deeds, tax assessments, probate records, maps,
and family genealogies to arrive at the approximate
dates these historic houses were built.
includes the earliest-known houses that are still
standing in Windsor; but, of course, many other first-generation
houses are now simply lost in time. Seventeenth and
18th century structures are particularly difficult to
date. Although many of them are situated along Windsor Avenue, Broad Streett, or Poquonock
Avenue, actual house numbers were not assigned
until the early 20th century. Often it is necessary to
research a combination of record sources to establish a
fairly accurate date of construction.
at the time of Windsor’s 300th anniversary,
Leland P. Wilson led a team which researched and placed
historic markers on many of Windsor’s older houses.
Since then some of those homes have been demolished and
others have lost their markers.
Garvan’s completely updated list contains 192 buildings.
You are welcome to visit the Windsor Historical Society
at 96 Palisado Avenue to learn more about the historic
houses in Windsor.