Winsted, Connecticut, is situated just inside the Harford metropolitan area.
There are just under 8,000 residence in this quaint New England town. In 1900, along with New Haven, Winsted was a center for the production of mechanical clocks. Nowadays it is known as one of the best places to live on the East Coast. The town has good schools, great job opportunities, and some interesting tourist sites.
Castle Tower Civil War Monument
Just a few blocks west of downtown Winsted is the Soliders’ Monument and Memorial Park. Dedicated in 1890 the monument was designed to resemble a castle tower, looking high above the city below. When it was constructed it cost close to $15,000, a large sum of money for the time. For a large part of the year the monument is closed to visitors but it is open for tours on Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, and Veterans Day. From downtown, drive west on Main St. /US Hwy 44. At the stoplight (library on right) turn right onto Munro Place. Drive two blocks. Turn right onto Crown St. Drive one block to the monument.
Tractor Climbing a Tree
On the northbound side of Highway 8, four miles south of the Massachusetts states line is a quaint establishment called the Just Country Antique Shop. Outside of the building are a few interesting art displays, including a large iron rooster for sale and a tractor, climbing a tree. There is not much explanation as to why the tractor has been made to look as though it is climbing the tree. However, it is a great conversation starter and does draw people in to the store. If you happen to come by and find that the store is closed, just honk a few times and the owner, who lives next door, will be happy to come out and assist you.
What is not to love about a tiny dinner, with good food, and a giant, one-armed hot dog sculpture that greets you at the entrance of the building? The qaint diner in downtown Winsted seats roughly 20 patrons at a time. The food is good, especially the breakfast menu, and the atmosphere is pleasant. In addition, the staff is friendly and always up for conversation. The BBQ and hand-cut fries are something to check out if you cannot decide on your menu choice.
Located at 496 Main Street in downtown Winsted.
Hours vary so it is best to call ahead to see if they are open, 860-379-4429.