Small bar with a special meaning
The Old Constitution House originally used to be an inn before, a certain atmosphere of a pub can still be felt. If you enter the house via a separate entrance, you'll get to the so-called “Tap Room”, which, decades ago, used to accommodate a separate little bar. Nowadays, one can still admire the original furniture, among which one finds a special table. This table saw the members of the Windsor Convention assembling around it in 1772.
Artefacts in a special atmosphere
In the adjacent tea room, which was only added to the building in 1914 after a profound renovation, one can collect impressions of the exhibition presenting the topics of freedom and independence. Some artefacts are historically very valuable, such as the original pamphlet of the Windsor Convention, making the executives very proud of their furniture.
Varied parts of the house
The historically valuable atmosphere of the building can also be experienced by visiting the old kitchen and the dining hall. Especially in the parlour one can almost feel the atmosphere of the past when important decisions were taken here. This part of the house has more of an official character with its book shelves and a desk, whereas quite the contrary is the case with the gastronomically used rooms.
Complementary to the permanent exhibitions, which especially cover the topics of freedom and independence, there are several touring exhibitions that are each time accommodated in the Old Constitution House. All of these exhibitions still fit to the building topic-wise such as the current one, covering the kitchen in the 18th century. The Old Constitution House, one must know, was a restaurant at that time.
The origins of Vermont
A visit to the Old Constitutional House is also primarily affected by history. You shouldn't miss paying a visit to this historic building under any circumstances. If you really want to get to know Vermont from its authentic side, then this is the sight to visit.
The Old Constitution House bears its name with a reason. In 1777 Vermont officially became an independent state due to a newly ratified law. Concerning this, the house is of course of great importance to all inhabitants of Vermont as they see the foundation of their federal state being rooted here and thus take great care of the architectural evidences. If you want to relive a part of Vermont's foundation story, you shouldn't miss this very special sight of Vermont at all.
How to get there
Coming from Montpelier
If you come from the capital of the federal state, it's best to take Interstate 89. You continue then in the direction of Brattleboro and change to Interstate 91, taking exit 9 in the direction of Windsor.
Coming from Boston
Take Interstate 93, which you follow up to just before the Concord and then change to Interstate 89. Before you reach the end of Hardford, take the exit leading to Interstate 91, which you leave via Routes 5 and 12 directly getting to your final destination.
Coming from New York
First take Interstate 278, then change to Interstate 95, keep driving along the so-called New England Thruway. Carry on for 74km (46mi) and take exit 27A leading towards Connecticut. Via Route 25 you change to Route 8, which will turn into Route 15. Close to Meriden, this Route automatically takes you to Interstate 91. Route 5 and 12 will then take you to your final destination.
By public transport
By taking bus line 83, starting in Waterbury, you can easily get to Windsor.