History Happens at Old Constitution House ON CLOSING WEEKEND

04 October 2019

History Happens at Old Constitution House ON CLOSING WEEKEND

WINDSOR, VT -- The Old Constitution House, the birthplace of Vermont, hosts a weekend of period reenactments on Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This is the last of the 2019 season’s “History Happens at OCH” programs. Featuring reenactors Carl and Carolyn Malikowski, October’s event includes 18th-century woodworking and powder horn carving, outdoor cooking techniques, and a discussion of early harvesting and food preservation.       

In 1777, Vermont’s constitution was adopted at a tavern that came to be known as the Old Constitution House.  Now a museum, OCH offers exhibits and guided tours that 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, Curator’s Choice, showcases rare and unusual items from the Vermont region of Windsor.  This exhibit highlights some of our favorite pieces in the State’s collection, a few of which have never been publicly shown.    

The Old Constitution House State Historic Site is operated by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, which is part of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development.  Located at 16 North Main Street in Windsor, the site is open Saturdays & Sundays through October 13, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For further information, please call 802-672-3773 or visit our website: www.HistoricSites.Vermont.gov

About the Division for Historic Preservation

The Vermont State Historic Sites are owned and operated by the Division for Historic Preservation, which is part of the Department of Housing and Community Development.  The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) works to support vibrant and resilient communities, promote safe and affordable housing for all, protect the state’s historic resources, and improve the quality of life for Vermonters. 

About the Agency of Commerce and Community Development

The mission of ACCD is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities. ACCD accomplishes this mission by providing grants, technical assistance, and advocacy through three divisions:  The Department of Economic Development, the Department of Tourism and Marketing, and the Department of Housing and Community Development. For more information on ACCD please visit: accd.vermont.gov.

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