The Old Constitution House, Birthplace of Vermont, hosts a weekend of period reenactments on Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is the last of this season's popular "History Happens at OCH" programs organized by 18th century reenactors Carl and Carolyn Malikowski. Residents of Windsor, this husband and wife team will demonstrate early woodworking, powder horn carving, outdoor cooking, and other domestic activities.
The event continues on Saturday evening at 8 p.m. with an historic astronomy program, also organized Carl Malikowski.
Using modern telescopes and 18th and 19th century replicas, visitors will discover the wonders of Vermont's skies and learn how our forefathers used astronomy in their daily lives. Malikowski is a member of Stellefane, the Springfield-based organization which is the oldest group of amateurs in the country devoted to building and using telescopes. In case of cloudy or inclement weather, call 674-9106.
Originally a tavern where Vermont's constitution was adopted in 1777, the Old Constitution House is now a state-owned historic site. Its exhibits and guided tours focus on the first constitution in America to prohibit slavery, and the first to establish universal manhood suffrage and a system of public schools. A permanent exhibition examines Vermont's formative years, from the struggle for political independence to statehood in 1791.
The Old Constitution House State Historic Site is located at 16 North Main Street in Windsor. The 2009 season is May 23 - October 12, Saturday - Sunday and Monday holidays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information, call 672-3773, or visit the State-owned Historic Sites online at www.HistoricVermont.org/sites.