Windsor explores new seal

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 17, 2007

WINDSOR – For 239 years, the Windsor town seal is thought to have remained the same.

Members of the Windsor Board of Commissioners apparently think it is time for a change.

During last Thursday’s regular monthly meeting, Commissioner Jimmy Hoggard mentioned that he felt the seal was outdated and perhaps needed redoing.

&uot;I think it’s time for the town seal to be updated… peanuts and tobacco aren’t grown much anymore in the town,&uot; he stated.

Hoggard is referring to the emblems of a peanut and a tobacco leaf on each side of the seal.

Mayor Bob Spivey evidently disagreed with Hoggard’s opinion.

&uot;From a historical standpoint, I don’t think we should change it,&uot; he said during the meeting.

In a separate phone interview, he stated, &uot;Peanuts, tobacco and the old history is what kept us alive. It’s part of our heritage.&uot;

Despite Spivey’s objections, a motion passed unanimously to look at getting a new town seal.

Spivey later told the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald that the seal is most likely the original town seal, designed after the town was first incorporated in 1768.

&uot;As far as we know it is the original seal,&uot; he said.

The seal also depicts the courthouse, which was built when Windsor was named as the county seat.