Constitution Day in Windsor Includes Re-Enactors

Windsor — A celebration marking the anniversary of Vermont’s constitution is set for July 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Old Constitution House, 16 N. Main St.

Admission is $2.50, or free for children under 15.

The anniversary event will feature period games, traditional craft demonstrations and a symbolic relay from Hubbardton Battlefield to Windsor’s Constitutional Convention.

In early July 1777, the British invaded the newly declared Republic of Vermont. The American forts at Mount Independence and Ticonderoga were captured and a battle fought at Hubbardton. Word of the events reached Windsor on July 8, where a constitutional convention was being held. Before returning to their homes to face the British threat, the delegates quickly adopted the constitution at Elijah West’s tavern, now known as the Old Constitution House.

A messenger on horseback will deliver the “news” about the invasion at 3 p.m. Re-enactors and visitors will then help adopt Vermont’s Constitution.

“The Vermont Constitution was ahead of its time, setting the stage for Vermont’s progressive path and beloved motto, ‘Freedom and Unity,’ ” Kathy Murphy, the state’s chief marketing officer, said in a recent news release. “It was the first to prohibit slavery, establish universal voting rights for all males and to authorize a public school system.”

The house is open on Saturdays, Sundays and Monday holidays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Oct. 14.

This year’s exhibit is “Toasters, Spiders, and Dutch Ovens: 18th Century Tavern Cooking.” It includes cooking equipment thought to be among the earliest in the state.

For more information, call 802-672-3773, or go to www.HistoricSites.Vermont.gov.

— Staff report