Windsor Locks Attractions
Author: Karen Carter
Hugging the banks of the Connecticut River, Windsor Locks offers warm hospitality and a host of exciting attractions. Within this enchanting New England town, you can satisfy a love of nature, culture, history, and sports.
New England Air Museum (NEAM)
This aerospace museum is located at Bradley International Airport and with three display hangars and extra storage-only hangars. It exhibits trace the history of commercial aviation, offering fun-filled, hands-on activities.There are 66 full-size aircraft, 26 helicopters, missiles, and flight-related equipment. The museum has amazing exhibits on aircraft history, computer-based flight simulators, military memorabilia, books, periodicals, technical manuals, and photographs. It conducts tours, hosts special events, and restores aircraft. There are children's activities such as experiencing a mock airport and sitting in the pilot ' s seat of a WWII fighter. The museum is also home to FlightSimCon, an annual flight simulation conference held annually in June. Use your talents and imagination while building flight-worthy aircraft.
Noden-Reed House and Barn
At the Noden-Reed House and Barn, you'll be enthralled by artifacts from the town's early days. A plaque marks the site of New England's first decorated Christmas tree. The red brick barn houses handsome carriages and fascinating farm tools. Inside the farmhouse, furniture gleams with rich, polished wood. Antique beds wear colorful quilts and hand-stitched blankets. An ornate stove stands proudly. The kitchen displays a vast array of bottles, jugs, and wooden utensils.
Windsor Locks Memorial Hall
Memorial Hall is another impressive landmark, exhibiting Romanesque architecture. The castle-like granite structure pays tribute to local veterans. You'll sight the building by its arching entrance, trimmed in gold lettering. The green double door is flanked by insets of colored prisms. At the north corner, a rounded tower is capped by a conical roof and gold finial that shimmers in the sunlight. Inside, a bronze plaque near the entrance honors townsmen who died in the Civil War. Meeting rooms occupy the first and second floors, linked by an elliptical staircase. The tower room is cozy, with its fireplace and bookcases.
The Noden-Reed Museum
This is a house and barn that feature beauty and dignity. The museum features many household items that capture the past as it was many years ago. Oil paintings and music related items are featured in the living room area. The rooms have toys and Civil War rifles. The brick barn has a large variety of historic farm tools and an underground time capsule that contains items from 1976. If you are looking for a unique attraction that will take you back into the past, the Noden-Reed Museum is an option worth considering.
The Bradley Tele-Theater
For sports entertainment, head to Bradley Tele-Theater. Movie-sized screens broadcast greyhound, thoroughbred, and harness racing. Place your bet with state-of-the-art booking, and station yourself at the sports bar or grandstand. Enjoy delicious cuisine at the deli and restaurant or reserve a VIP suite.
Southwest Elderly Housing
During the summer on Tuesday nights, the town hosts free outdoor concerts. Local bands provide lively entertainment, staged on the lawn of Southwest Elderly Housing. The upbeat music spans a range of genres, including rock, swing, country, and blues. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and food.
Home of America's First Christmas Tree
That evergreens should be associated with Christmas is understandable since the enduring life and vitality of the evergreen, even in the dead of winter when most plants are dormant during the darkest time of the year, became a symbol of continuity of life and hope. With the importance of Christmas and the Christmas tree in German culture, for example, it is no surprise that Hendrick Roddemore, a lonely German POW from the Battle of Bennington during the American Revolution, raised the first Christmas tree in America in December 1777 right in Windsor Locks. Now, 238 years later, more than 91 million Christmas trees in America carried forward the tradition.