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June 15, 2011

Garden Tour at Old Constitution House

Site gardener Barbara Rhoad will lead an insider’s tour of the perennial gardens at the Old Constitution House State Historic Site, located at 15 North Main St. in Windsor, on June 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. A walk around Runnemede Lake follows the tour; attendees should wear sturdy shoes and are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the gazebo. The event is free and open to the public.

The garden tour is part of a season of special events at the state-owned Historic Site. It is also the perfect opportunity to visit the Old Constitution House, originally a tavern where Vermont’s first constitution was adopted on July 8, 1777. Exhibits and guided tours focus on the first constitution in America to prohibit slavery; it was also the first to establish universal manhood suffrage and a system of public schools.

Other events at Old Constitution House include “History Happens at OCH,” a series of programs organized by 18th century re-enactor Carl Malikowski. On several weekends this season, Carl and his wife Carolyn will demonstrate a variety of period activities including brewing, blacksmithing, cooking, woodworking, and powder horn carving.

The site is the center of activities for the “1777 Constitution Day Celebration” on July 9. The public is invited to join re-enactors, traditional artisans, and costumed guides in this festive tribute to 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 2011 season is May 28 – Oct. 10, Saturday and Sunday, and Monday holidays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 802-672-3773, or visit

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Source: Division for Historic Preservation
Last Updated at: June 15, 2011 16:09:44