At one time the area was called Rives County and finally Henry County, in honor of Patrick Henry. Robert D. Means is responsible for the present name by calling it Windsor Castle, after the residence of Queen Victoria in England. Name was changed to Windsor by legislature December 9, 1859.
The Rock Island Railroad built a line through town in 1904. Other industries in the early 1900s included broom and button factories as well as a chicken hatchery. The popularity of hatcheries expanded here, and at one time Windsor was known as the second largest producer of baby chicks in the world.
Among the many local events and attractions are the Moonlight Madness and Lighted Christmas Parade, the Windsor Garden Club Plant Sale, the Rodeo, the 4th of July Celebration, Windsor’s Septemberfest and Labor Day Weekend, the Antique Car, Truck, Motorcycle, Bicycle and Tractor Show, and others.
The Henry County R-1 School District provides a wonderful opportunity for small town living with big city programs. The academic courses match those of larger school systems and the athletic program is extensive, offering students tremendous potential to excel in all traditional sports and golf.
Hospitals and medical centers in and near Windsor include Royal Oaks Hospital in Windsor, the Golden Valley Memorial in Clinton, Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia, and Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg.
The Katy Trail State Park is the longest developed rail-trail in the county. It offers a unique opportunity for bicyclists, walkers, equestrian and nature lovers or history buffs. The Rock Island State Park is under construction to intersect the Katy Trail in Windsor soon.
Farrington Park also provides camping, fishing, playground equipment, paddleboats, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, a basketball court and lots of room for picnics, family reunion or just enjoying nature.