History happens at Old Constitution House on closing weekend

Constitution House
Closing weekend at Old Constitution House. Photo provided

WINDSOR, Vt. – The Old Constitution House, the birthplace of Vermont, hosts a weekend of period reenactments Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 and 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 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 N. Main Street in Windsor, the site is open Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 13, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. For further information, please call 802-672-3773 or visit www.HistoricSites.Vermont.gov.

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