Message from the Mayor
Happy Winter! So far, it’s been a mild winter compared to some of the past ones we’ve had. Be sure to check in on your neighbors and the elderly. Lend a hand to someone who can’t get out. Shovel someone’s sidewalk for them. You will feel good. And don’t forget to bring your pets inside, especially at night. If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them to be outside. No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.
With the turning of the wheel of time, let us keep our patience and rejoice in the winter soltice.
With little fanfare, a significant event took place on February 26, 2013. The Village of Windsor became owners of the Windsor Railroad Station, due, in no small part, to the tremendous generosity and foresight of the previous owners, New York Rail Trail. The principals of the New York Rail Trail are Mr. Jim Verboys and Mr. Bill Nasser, two fine gentlemen whom have transferred the station and surrounding property as a gift to the Village of Windsor.
This property closing represents a culmination of no less than twenty years of effort to secure this portion of our community history. Many may well remember the 1997 village centennial book in which our former village historian, Charlie English wrote, “The vacant depot and portions of the railroad bed lie as silent reminders of a more glorious periods of time that has passed by.”
Throughout these twenty years, many different avenues were followed in an attempt to gain ownership of this building and reverse its neglect and decay. Patience and perseverance have been rewarded with an opportunity to accomplish this.
Over time, Windsor has lost significant historical landmarks; among those are the original Windsor Academy on College Avenue, and the “second” Windsor Academy on Academy Street, Also lost were many significant structures along South Main Street, including the Eagle Hotel, when “highway improvements” dictated such activities.
The Windsor train station is the sole remaining structure on the former “mainline” of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad which connected Lanesboro, Pennsylvania to Nineveh Junction, New York.
The Delaware and Hudson Railroad started in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, and is the only line to have gone through Windsor. The Susquehanna Valley was one of the last large areas of the state to receive the benefit of railroad access. By 1869, the Albany Susquehanna Railroad had completed its line from Albany to Binghamton. In the same year, a railroad known as the Jefferson Railroad completed a line from Carbondale to Lanesboro/Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. In 1870, the D&H was granted control of the former Albany/Susquehanna following a tumultuous fight between the Erie Railroad and the A&S Railroad. The Delaware and Hudson Railroad had identified an “easy line” that could be constructed from Lanesboro to Nineveh along the Susquehanna River through Windsor. This “easy line” saved a total of twenty-seven miles of railroad by bypassing Binghamton and avoiding the large at Belden Hill. On June 17, 1872, this “easy line” was completed under the incorporated name of Lackawanna & Susquehanna Railroad. This included the Windsor rail station.
It is fitting that the Village should dedicate this station as the Charles L. English Windsor Museum, as a tribute to Charlie and to all those who understand “Let the past ever speak to the present” as quoted on the Windsor Academy yearbook 1886 to 1908.
The museum is open on the third Saturday of each month from May through October from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Or to make an appointment, call the Village Office at (607) 655-2024.
Pictured above is Mayor Ron Harting, Village Historian Luella English, Bill Nasser and Jim Verboys.
- Windsor Presbyterian Church on the Village Green
- Free Methodist Church on the Village Green
- United Methodist Church – 56 Chapel Street
- Zion Episcopal Church – 50 Chapel Street
- Our Lady of Lourdes Church -594 Kent Street- Mass Sundays at 9:30 am
- Windsor Bible Baptist Church – 11 Depot Street
Eateries & Businesses in the Village
- China Star
104 Main Street, WIndsor
607-655-2020 Mon-Closed; Tue,Wed,Thur 11am-9pm; Fri & Sat 11am-9:30pm; Sun 11am-9pm
- Maria’s Pizza & Wings
640 Old Rt.17, Windsor
607-655-5200 Open Thurs,Fri,Sat 4pm-8pm
- Julie’s Cakery
98 Main Street, Windsor
607-239-6718 Wed,Thur,Fri 8am- 4pm; Sat. 9am-1pm; Bakery sweets, specialty cakes, cookie platters, drinks
100 Main Street, Windsor
Mon,Tue,Wed,Thur 10am-10pm; Fri 10am-11pm; Sat,Sun 8am-11pm
- The Windsor Diner
20 Main Street, Windsor
607-655-1548 Mon – Fri 7a-2p; Daily specials
- Windsor Country Mart
225 Main Street, Windsor
Daily 8:00 am to 9:00 pm; Groceries; Deli, Sandwiches, Gas, Propane tank fill-ups
- Speedie Pizza
14 Main Street, Windsor
Mon&Tues – Closed; Wed-Sat – 11am-8pm; Sunday 11am-7pm
- Acclaim Insurance Agency, Inc 121 Main Street, Windsor 607-655-3399; www.acclaim-insurance.com; Competent and experienced Christian-based insurance agents
- Big M 640 Old Rt.17, Windsor 607-655-3966 Hours: Monday thru Saturday 8am-9pm; Sunday 8am-7pm
- Coach House Events 98 Main Street Windsor 607-343-3842 Book your next party, fundraiser, family gathering, or corporate function. Accommodations up to 100 people.
- Dollar General 599 Kent Street Windsor 607-238-3860; 8am – 10pm
- Florilor Farmstead 164 Chapel Street, Windsor 607-821-8933; [email protected]; Specializing in Organic Cut Flowers, Herbs, Perrenials, Seasonal Veggies
- H&H Power Sports 112 Main Street, Windsor 372-0711 Monday thru Saturday 10am-6pm
- Jackson’s General Store, 112 Main Street, Windsor; 607-655-1267; [email protected]; Mon-Closed; Tues,Wed,Thur,Fri 10am – 6pm; Sat 9am-2pm; Sun-Closed; Homegrown, Homemade, Handcrafted; Locally Pasture Raised; NON-GMA Meat; Keeping It Local
- Jesse Katen School of Dance, 108 Main Street, Windsor; 607-655-1144; [email protected];Family-oriented dance studio; Dedicated to expanding horizons through the art of dance; All ages.
- JF Auto 38 Chapel Street, Windsor 607-655-1830 Monday thru Friday 8am – 5pm
- Mirabito 648 Old Rt.17, Windsor 607-655-1177 Daily 7am-9pm
- New Leaf Family Chiropractic 149 Main Street, Windsor 655-5500
- River Maven Holistic Center, 72 Chapel Street, Windsor 607-624-0391; Holistic Healing; Self Awareness; Spiritual Guidance, Community & so much more; [email protected]
- Sew La Te Do 102 Main Street, Windsor 607-761-4102; [email protected]; Sewing; Alterations
- Suzie’s Spa & Salon, 108 Main Street, Windsor 607-759-1901; Mon 10am-2pm; Tue,Wed,Thur 9am-8pm; Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 9am-7pm; Sun 10am-3pm; Hair Salon, Skin Care, Extensions, Waxing, Nail Salon; Walk-ins
- Telecom 1-877-837-8372
- U.S. Post Office Chapel Street, Windsor Mon,Tue,Wed,Thur,Fri 8:30am-12pm; 1pm-4:30pm; Sat 8:30am-12pm; 607-655-2683 OR 1-800-275-8777
- Total Effects Salon 640 Chapel Street, Windsor 607-242-2201
- UHS Primary Care Center 5 College Avenue, Windsor 607-655-1230
- Urda Gardens 154 Chapel Street 607-655-1439
- Urda Engineering PLLC 108 Main Street, Windsor 607-760-6545 www.urdaengineering.com
- Village Train & Hobby 191 Main Street, Windsor Lionel Superstore! 607-655-1700 Mon-Closed; Tues, Wed 10-5; Thu 10-7; Fri 10-4; Sat 10-3; Sun-Closed
- Vin’s Bins Card & Collectibles 110 Main Street, Windsor 570-994-0119; [email protected]; Mon,Tue,Wed-Closed; Thur,Fri 5pm-9pm; Sat9am-5pm; Sun-Closed; Buy, Sell,Trade
- Windsor Physical Therapy 88 Chapel Street, Windsor 607-655-2305 Paul Yahner, MPT; Kelly Gnad, PTA
- Windsor Wicks locally made soy based candles featured at Windsor Trading Post Lori Marcello 727-3252 www.windsorwicks.com
- Deputy Mayor
John R. McNulty
- Village Clerk/Treasurer
Patricia L. Harting
(607) 655-2024, 760-2795
- Deputy Clerk/Treasurer
- Streets & Water Superintendent
(607) 655-2833; 222-8457
- Streets & Water Assistant Superintendent
(607) 655-2833; 222-8458
- Code Enforcement Officer
- Grant Writer