The Best Country Stores in New England
by Eric Hurwitz. Article updated on 11/07/16
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I love a great New England country store -- the
quaint old-fashioned feeling, the chance to shop for hard-to-find
items, the aromas of candles and soaps, and the delicious offerings of
local cheeses, fudge and maple syrup. It's really rerto shopping at its
finest and a great way to take in the local flavor of New England.
New England certainly has its share of great country
further ado, here are some of the best country stores in New England
that we have visited:
Country Store, Weston, Vt.
The Vermont Country Store looks like a modest-sized country
its old-fashioned, front porch exterior, but once inside the store
seems to go on forever. It's like a living museum of country stores
with extensive toy, clothing, food and candy, and health and beauty
sections within a time warp, rustic country setting. The homemade
fudge, Vermont cheddar cheese and locally produced maples syrups are
amazing, and the hundreds of hard-to-find items including gems like
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, Beemans Chewing Gum and Gee Your Hair Smells
Terrific shampoo will bring back warm childhood memories. It's not just
about nostalgia, however, at the Vermont Country Store. This is a store
for all generations with useful, quality modern day merchandise, and
lots of it! 657 Main St., Weston, Vt. Tel. (802) 824-3184 More on the
Vermont Country Store...
Country Store and Emporium, West Mansfield, Mass.
Surprise, a great New England country store proving that this kind of
retail business doesn't have to be located in Vermont or New Hampshire!
It can, in fact, be located in the fast-paced Boston suburbs as
in the case at the Old Country Store and Emporium in West Mansfield.
Once in quaint West Mansfield and then inside the country store,
however, the pace slows down to a quintessential country store mode.
One of the bigger country stores we've been to in New England, the Old
Country Store and Emporium is well-stocked with all the earmarks of a
real country store: home goods, furnishings, food (including sweets and
freshly ground coffee, maples products, Vermont Common Crackers and a
peanut butter machine), toys, player pianos, bird feeders, books,
crafts, hardware, antiques and memorabilia, grandfather clocks,
cosmetics, and locally made furniture. 26 Otis St., Mansfield, Mass.
Tel. (508) 339-8128 More
on the Old Country Store and Emporium...
Country Store, Marlboro, Mass.
The Wayside Country Store has been around since 1790 and with a rather
fascinating anecdote; Henry Ford bought the building in 1928, became
owner and operator, and had the building moved -- by oxen -- to its
current located on the Old Boston Post Rd. (better known today as Route
20). It's a fabulous country store with a significant candy section at
the Old Tyme Candy Shoppe within the building. You'll also find an
impressive array of cheeses, gifts, collectibles and toys. 1015 Boston
Post Rd., Marlborough, Mass. Tel. (508) 485-4978 More on the Wayside
Country Store Newfane, Vt.
Located at the town common in one of Vermont's most picturesque quaint
towns, the Newfane County Store specializes in Vermont made merchandise
and foods. In the Quilt Room, you can find more than 100 quilts. The
Newfane Country Store also features books written by local authors,
toys, clothes, hand made pottery, and, of course, those old country
store standbys, fudge, penny candy and Vermont cheese. The Newfane
Country Store does not have the size or high profile personality of
some other country stores, but it's a comfortable, welcoming place with
more than enough interesting yet familiar country store merchandise.
and Hopkins, Chepachet, R.I.
Arguably America's oldest continuously running country store, Brown and
Hopkins Country Store is a smaller-than- average country store, but
like tiny Rhode Island, comes up big with lots of nice surprises. The
accent here is on "primitive country wares, period lighting, home
furnishings, textiles." The old fashioned candy case is a revelation,
too, with some heartwarming, hard-to-find candies.The two floors, with
exposed beam and charmingly worn, settled surroundings is really
jam-packed with merchandise! 1179 Putnam Pike (Route 44), Chepachet,
R.I. Tel. (401) 568-4830. More
on Brown and Hopkins...
Gillingham and Sons, Inc., Country Store, Woodstock , Vt.
This well-established, beloved downtown country store dating
1884 is loaded with lots of Vermont goods like maple syrup, specialty
foods, farmstead cheese, soaps and gifts. You'll also find a nice mix
of books, toys and games, home goods and furnishings, hardware items,
clothing, lanterns, fishing and snowshoe gear, and even musical
instruments. The quaint feel of Gillingham fits in perfectly in
Woodstock -- one of New England's most charming, picturesque towns.
They seem to have everything here! 16 Elm St., Woodstock, Vt. Tel.
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