Vermont Heritage Days in Windsor to Commemorate Vermont's 230th Anniversary

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Vermont Heritage Days in Windsor will celebrate Vermont's 230th anniversary on July 7-8 with historic home tours, living history demonstrations, musical performances, storytelling and more.

Vermont Heritage Days in Windsor will celebrate Vermont's 230th anniversary on July 7-8 with historic home tours, living history demonstrations, musical performances, storytelling and more.

Known as the "birthplace of Vermont," Windsor is where the state's Constitution was first drafted and ratified, and where the Republic of Vermont was created on July 8, 1777.

"Windsor is a vibrant community that is deeply proud of its history," said Governor Jim Douglas. "Vermont Heritage Days gives Vermonters and visitors a chance to explore and appreciate 230 years of Windsor's rich culture and industrial heritage."

Selected by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as a 2007 "Top 10 Summer Event," this town-wide festival features re-enactors and period music, traditional crafts, entertainment, carriage rides, games, and more. Costumed guides at the Old Constitution House will interpret the story of Vermont's tumultuous beginnings that led to the adoption of America's first constitution to prohibit slavery.

Vermont Heritage Days is a signature event of the statewide annual Cultural Heritage Days celebration, which concludes on July 8. Admission to Vermont Heritage Days is free, and admission to the Old Constitution House, Cornish Colony Museum, and the American Precision Museum is free with a "Heritage Days Passport." The passport may be purchased at the Vermont Heritage Days information booth and other designated locations.

Windsor was originally settled by farmers, millwrights, blacksmiths and carpenters in 1761. After the State's Constitution was signed, Vermont became an independent republic until 1791, when it became the fourteenth state admitted to the Union. Windsor was Vermont's capital and meeting place of the Vermont General Assembly until 1805.

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