Message from the Mayor
Autumn – the year’s last loveliest smile. There are 2 unmistakable sounds of autumn – the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown along the street by a gusty wind and the gabble of a flock of migrating geese. You can smell autumn in the breeze and look forward to crisp days, bonfires, hot cider, apple pie, football and hoodies. ENJOY!
Don’t forget to watch for stopped school buses.
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; Father Robert Dwyer, retired celebrant 607-201-5597; Office 607-655-8118
- Windsor Bible Baptist Church – 11 Depot Street
Eateries & Businesses in the Village
- China Star
104 Main Street, WIndsor
607-655-2020 Mon-Thu 11am – 9:30pm; Fri & Sat 11am – 10pm; Sun 12pm – 9:30pm
- Maria’s Pizza
640 Old Rt.17, Windsor
- Marians Pizza Shack
14 Main Street, Windsor
607-655-2000 Wed – Sun 8am – 8pm
- Rest Cafe & Ice Cream 100 Main Street, Windsor 2pm – 8pm
100 Main Street, Windsor
Sun – Thur 7-9; Fri & Sat 7-9:30
- The Windsor Diner
20 Main Street, Windsor
607-655-1681Mon – Fri 6a-2p
- Windsor Country Mart 225 Main Street, Windsor 655-2211 6:30am – 9:30am Sandwiches, deli
- Acclaim Insurance Agency, Inc 4 College Ave. Windsor, NY 13865 607-655-3399 or www.acclaim-insurance.com
- Amanda April June Oddities & Tattoo 108 Main Street 607-765-4673 Tuesday thru Friday 1pm-8pm
- Big M 640 Old Rt.17, Windsor 607-655-3966 Hours: Monday thru Saturday 8am-9pm; Sunday 8am-7pm
- Dollar General 599 Kent Street Windsor, NY 13865 607-821-0193 8am – 10pm
- H&H Power Sports 112 Main Street, Windsor 372-0711 Monday thru Saturday 10am-6pm
- JF Auto 38 Chapel Street, Windsor 607-655-1830 Monday thru Friday 8am – 5pm
- Mirabito 648 Old Rt.17, Windsor 607-655-1177 5am – 11pm Monday thru Sunday
- New Leaf Family Chiropractic 149 Main Street, Windsor 655-5500
- Sew La Te Do 102 Main Street, Windsor 607-761-4102
- Sewfully Yours Quilt Shop 110 Main Street 460-4252 Tues 10am-6pm; Thurs-Sun 10am-6pm
- Telecom 1-877-837-8372
- U.S. Post Office Chapel Street, Windsor 607-655-2683
- 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 Boutique 112 Main Street 460-4252 10am-6pm; Thurs-Sun 10am-6pm
- Village Train & Hobby 191 Main Street, Windsor Lionel Superstore! 607-655-1700 Tues, Wed 10-5; Thu 10-7; Fri 10-4; Sat 10-3
- 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
Thomas M. Skinner
James W. Miller
Robert E. West
- 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