Windsor County - Museum Directory
Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, information listed for open hours or events may not be accurate in 2020. We recommend contacting the organization directly to confirm before making plans to visit.
American Precision Museum
Ingenuity in manufacturing technology: Past, Present, and Future. Our Mission: To capture the imaginations of young and old with the spirit of innovation, problem solving and design demonstrated through the dynamic story of the machines and people which form the foundation and future of the manufacturing industry in America. Housed in the original Robbins & Lawrence Armory, a National Historic Landmark, visitors explore the beginnings of modern industry and discover the machines that have shaped our world.
Hours and Admission: Open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm from Memorial Day weekend through October 31. Adults $8.00 Students $5.00. Admission by donation on Sundays.
Barnard Historical Society
The Barnard Historical Society is housed in the former Village School, circa 1850, which is itself a museum, being essentially intact as a one-room school house. It has a complete genealogy section and many artifacts from Barnard.
Hours and Admission: Museum: Memorial Day - end of October: Saturday, 12:00 pm to 3:00 p.m., or by appointment. Donations always appreciated
Bethel Historical Society
The museum is located in the Town Hall, 318 Main Street, Bethel, VT. There are written records, paintings, photographs from the Bethel area, and 19th-century room vignettes. Special exhibits change annually. The society meets once a month, usually on the first Monday, at 7:00 pm in the Conference Room at the Town Hall.
Visitors by appointment.
Billings Farm & Museum
Billings Farm & Museum is just a scenic stroll from the village center of Woodstock, Vermont, and is regarded as one of the finest outdoor history museums in the country. Combining a fully-operating Jersey dairy farm with educational exhibits and interactive programs and events, Billings Farm & Museum is committed to providing education and enjoyment to visitors of all ages.
Hours and Admission: Open daily, April through October from 10 am to 5 pm.; Open Saturday & Sunday, November through February from 10 am to 4 pm.
Black River Academy Museum & Historical Society
The three-story Academy building, built in the Richardsonian style, once housed the Black River Academy (Calvin Coolidge's alma mater) and is now an historical museum for the town of Ludlow. There are academy memorabilia, 19th-century furnishings, costumes, tools, farm implements, a Finnish exhibit, and Coolidge memorabilia, as well as a textile school offering courses in weaving, spinning, and quilt making.
Hours and Admission: June - Columbus Day: Tuesday – Saturday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Winter by appointment. Not accessible to the disabled.
Bridgewater Historical Society
Our museum is located in a1803 brick schoolhouse that had a second story added in 1840 with a beautiful vaulted ceiling and bell tower. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and volunteers, our building houses a growing archived collection of Bridgewater's historical past. Each year we have programs with speakers and permanent and revolving exhibits with free admission to all. The website contains listings of events, an extensive collection of photographs, and a database of the Bridgewater cemeteries. Our award-winning newsletter is published twice a year. BHS's motto "Keeping Our Past Present"
Hours and Admission: Open every 2nd and 4th Saturday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Memorial Day to Columbus Day
Cavendish Historical Society
The museum is housed in the 19th-century former town hall. The society also owns a handsome stone structure, the former Universalist Church (circa 1844), which is used for meetings and special events. Collections are of farm tools, household utensils, costumes, weaving implements, textiles, photographs, and items used or made in Cavendish. The Cavendish Historical Society also has a blog where you can learn about upcoming events, new historical information we uncover, as well as following along with our Young Historian's program.
Hours and Admission: Late June to mid-October: Sundays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, or by appointment.
Chester Historical Society
The society rents the former school building from the Town of Chester and displays collections of 19th-century household furnishings, quilts, costumes, agricultural machines, documents, photos and postcards, early typewriters, and memorabilia of Clarence Adams, Chester's "Gentleman Burglar" from 1886-1902. Also housed in the building are the Chester Alumni Museum and the Chester Art Guild. The society also owns the former Yosemite Firehouse in Chester Depot, where there is an evolving collection of 19th-century firefighting equipment, including an 1849 Hunneman Handpumper and hose and ladder wagons.
Hours and Admission: Memorial Day - Columbus Day: Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, or by appointment. Free. Not accessible to the disabled.
Green Mountain Perkins Academy & Historical Association
The Green Mountain Perkins Academy was built in 1848 and served as a private high school until 1898. Students came from the local area and as far away as the mid western United States and Nova Scotia. Many students went on to college and others stayed in Woodstock and became teachers and farmers. The local Grange was founded on the third floor of the Academy in 1874 and had meetings there into the 20th century. The building was restored in 1957 and is now open as a museum. The large classroom on the first floor has the original desks and wood stoves. The Academy contains a small library established in So. Woodstock in the late 18th century as well as school books from the time period. There are collections including 19th century georgraphy maps, a loom and weaving supplies, Windsor backed chairs, Grange paraphernalia, musical insturments, sheet music, photos and records pertaining to school Directors and students and more.
Hours and Admission:
July - August: Saturday, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Labor Day Weekend: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, or by appointment.
Hartford Historical Society
The society owns a turn-of-the-century house with Dr. Garipay's home office, as well as a growing collection of documents, artifacts, and photographs of Hartford's past. There are four public lectures each year as well as various special events. A newsletter is published five times a year.
Hours and Admission: Fridays: 9:00 am- 12:00 pm or by appointment
Hartland Historical Society
The society has a collection of artifacts and a library devoted to the enjoyment and knowledge of Hartland's past.
Hours and Admission: Monday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm or by appointment. Free.
Norwich Historical Society
The society owns the 1807 Lewis House and outbuildings that contain a collection of Norwich documents, maps, photographs, textiles, furniture, and hand tools. The society offers periodic exhibits and lectures relating to Norwich's past. An active partnership with the neighboring Marion Cross School brings on-site historical programs to elementary-aged students. The Society also assists with familial inquiries. Two major annual events help raise funds to maintain and restore the Lewis House: the House & Garden Tour (June) and Norwich Antiques Show (September).
Hours and Admission: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (year-round); and Saturdays, 10:00 am until noon (June 1 – October 31) or by appointment. Admission is free.
Plymouth Historical Society
Hours and Admission: June - September: Wednesday, 1:00 pm -3:00 pm, or by appointment.
Pomfret Historical Society
Visitors by appointment.
Reading Historical Society
The museum is located in a 19th-century church. Collections are of town records, church documents, clothing, furniture, tools, books, photographs, portraits, paintings, farm implements, 19th-century gadgets, and machines.
Visitors by appointment and programs in the summer.
Rochester Historical Society
The museum is located on the 2nd floor of the Rochester Library, in the center of the village opposite the park. Exhibits include farm tools, military items, clothing, verde antique marble, and paper trivia.
Visitors by appointment.
Royalton Historical Society
This local historical society is located in the 1840 Town House with exhibit rooms and collections. The society maintains the 1840 Town House, the 1844 Center Schoolhouse & privy, and the 1836 St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Articles in this society's collection relate to Royalton's history, artifacts, photographs, diaries, as well as manuscripts.
Visitors by appointment.
Sharon Historical Society
The society's collections include gifts from residents past and present.
Hours and Admission: July 9 - August 27: Sunday, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, or by appointment.
Springfield Art & Historical Society
In July, 2015 we sold our Victorian Mansion on Elm Hill and moved to North Springfield (the Cota & Cota Building). We schedule programs on the third Saturday and change our displays quarterly. Visit our website for more information.
Hours and Admission: Saturdays 1:00-4:00 pm or by appointment. Admission is free.
Stockbridge-Gaysville Historical Society
Are you wishing to become actively involved in sleuth activities? We are a small group who will welcome your participation.
In 2019 we'll be researching the background of our early residents. From April to December, we meet on the third Thursday at 7PM at the Belcher Library.
Weathersfield Historical Society
Hours and Admission: Late June - Labor Day, 4 afternoons a week 2 pm to 5 pm and by appointment.
West Windsor Historical Society
The Mission of the WWHS is to discover, collect, preserve and disseminate information regarding the history of West Windsor and creating an interest in it.
Hours and Admission: Tuesdays 10 am until noon. Admission is free.
Weston Historical Society
The society curates three museums on the National Register of Historic Places. The Farrar-Mansur House, built by Oliver Farrar in 1795, served as a home, tavern, and community center. It was sold to Franklin Mansur in 1857 and remained in his family until 1932. Displayed in room settings, the extensive, multifaceted collection includes many fine pieces of New England furniture; outstanding examples of early 19th century, Vermont-made brass, copper, silver, pewter, and tin items; toys; musical instruments; china, pottery, and glassware; costumes, quilts and samplers; and significant 19th century portraits. The Mill Museum overlooks a picturesque mill pond and waterfall. Built in 1785 as a sawmill, and later as a grist mill, its collection of early trade tools and products includes equipment used in farming, cheese making, coopering, blacksmithing, woodworking, weaving and spinning, and tinsmithing. The Bandwagon Museum houses a red Concord coach used as a bandwagon by the Weston Cornet Band fron 1880 to 1930.
Hours and Admission: July - August: Wednesday & Sunday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, or by appointment.
Windsor Historical Society
Visitors by appointment.
Woodstock History Center
The History Center, located in the heart of the village, celebrates the evolution of Woodstock over the past two hundred and fifty years. Visitors may tour the museum and view several new exhibitions each year. In addition to its museum, the History Center has an extensive library where researchers are welcome to view historical and genealogical information. For those who prefer the outdoors, the History Center has perennial gardens and a beautiful back lawn with a view of Woodstock Village's only covered bridge.
Hours and Admission:
Open from May 30 to October 14 (2018). Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 1-5 pm, and on Sundays from 11 am - 3 pm. There is no charge for admission.