Old Constitution House gets funds for renovations

Published: Sep. 26, 2023 at 6:05 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 26, 2023 at 5:17 PM EDT
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WINDSOR, Vt. (WCAX) - The birthplace of Vermont is getting a facelift thanks to a federal grant.

The Old Constitution House in Windsor, where Vermont’s state Constitution was adopted in 1777, is getting more than $400,000 for mildew remediation and prevention.

The house has been closed to the public since the pandemic.

Town officials say the Old Constitution House is an important piece of Windsor’s history that drives tourists to the area.

“It is fairly well known when people start looking into Vermont, particularly this time of year when the leaf peepers are coming around. There is an awareness of the importance, maybe not all the details, but the public education aspect,” Windsor Town Manager Tom Marsh said.

The grant is from the Semiquincentennial Grant Program which Congress created in 2020 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States. Eligible properties need to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.