Old Constitution House Opens Memorial Day Weekend

WINDSOR, Vt. -- “The Birthplace of Vermont,” Old Constitution House opens Saturday May 27 for the 2017 season.

Originally a tavern where Vermont’s constitution was adopted in 1777, the restored Old Constitution House looks much as it did more than 200 years ago.  The permanent exhibition, A Free and Independent State, examines Vermont’s formative years, from the struggle for political independence to statehood in 1791.  Revolutionary War-era artifacts are on display, including a rare copy of the sermon delivered at the 1777 Windsor Convention.  

This year’s temporary exhibit, Windsor in 3D, opens June 17.  3D Vermont is a collaborative program among several state agencies and Vermont schools that combines historic preservation with cutting edge three-dimensional design.  Organized by the “Flow of History” project, this special display features the work of Windsor High School students, who won the state competition in 2015 and 2016 for their models of the town’s historic resources.   

On July 17, at 2:00 pm, Windsor High School student Vincent Moeykens introduces the new exhibit with a program about his team’s creation of a three-dimensional model of the Cox House for the 2017 competition.   

Several special events are planned for this season.  Back by popular demand is “History Happens at OCH,” a series of programs organized by 18th century reenactors Carl & Carolyn Malikowski.  Beginning opening weekend, May 27 & 28, the Malikowskis demonstrate a variety of period activities including cooking, woodworking, and powder horn carving.              

The site is also the center of activities for the “1777 Constitution Day Celebration” on July 8.  Reenactors, traditional artisans, and costumed guides salute the 240th anniversary of Vermont’s constitution, held in the old tavern where it all began.  The event culminates with “Vermont’s Revolutionary Trek” – a symbolic relay from Hubbardton Battlefield to Windsor’s Constitutional Convention. 

The Old Constitution House State Historic Site is located at 16 North Main Street in Windsor. The 2017 season is May 27 - October 15, Saturday - Sunday and Monday holidays, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For further information call 802-672-3773, or visit the state-owned historic sites online at http://historicsites.vermont.gov.  Be part of the conversation and join the Vermont State Historic Sites on Facebook.

Contact: William Jenney                                                                                  
Regional Historic Site Administrator
802-672-3773; William.Jenney@vermont.gov