Exhibits

Several period rooms help interpret the story of a late 18th century New England tavern.  Revolutionary War artifacts are on display, including a rare copy of the sermon delivered at the opening of the Windsor Convention in 1777.  

2014 New Exhibit:

Bandboxes, Trunks, and Carpet Bags: Accoutrements of a Country Traveler  

This special exhibit examines some of the different types of luggage that early travelers used for carrying clothing and other possessions.  From plain to fancy, such containers were seen coming and going from the tavern now known as the Old Constitution House.  Opens June 14.

Permanent exhibits:

A Free and Independent State

Examines Vermont’s formative years, from the struggle for political independence to statehood in 1791.  It focuses on the Constitution which was adopted at this site, formerly a tavern, on July 8, 1777.  A far-reaching and progressive document, this was the first constitution in America to prohibit slavery, and the first to establish universal manhood suffrage and a system of public schools.

Welcome Resort of Weary Travelers

Reveals the Old Constitution House as a typical tavern of the time catering to the comfort of travelers and serving as a vital community hub.  The display examines what tavern patrons could expect for lodging, food and beverage, entertainment, and the source of the latest news of the day.