WINDSOR, Vt. -- The Old Constitution House, Birthplace of Vermont, hosts a weekend of period reenactments on Saturday and Sunday, October 12 & 13, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This is the last of this season’s popular “History Happens at OCH” programs organized by 18th century reenactors Carl and Carolyn Malikowski. Residents of Windsor, this husband and wife team will demonstrate early woodworking, powder horn carving, outdoor cooking, and other domestic activities.
Originally a tavern where Vermont’s constitution was adopted in 1777, the Old Constitution House is now a state-owned historic site. Its exhibits and guided tours focus on the first constitution in America to prohibit slavery, and the first to establish universal manhood suffrage and a system of public schools. A permanent exhibition, A Free and Independent State, examines Vermont’s formative years, from the struggle for political independence to statehood in 1791.
This year’s temporary exhibit, Toasters, Spiders, and Dutch Ovens: 18th Century Tavern Cooking, showcases the types of utensils that would have been used in Elijah West’s tavern, now known as the Old Constitution House. The display includes cooking equipment believed to be among the earliest in the state.
The Old Constitution House State Historic Site is located at 16 North Main Street in Windsor. The 2013 season is May 25 - October 14, Saturday - Sunday and Monday holidays, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For further information call 802-672-3773.