Shopping the Old-Fashioned New England Way at Brown & Hopkins
Country Store in Chepachet, R.I.
Brown and Hopkins Country Store, Chepachet, R.I.
by Eric Hurwitz. Article updated on 11/30/16
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Brown and Hopkins is a heartwarming, living piece of retail
history, being the oldest continuously running country store in the
United States -- dating back to 1809. While not the biggest
country store in New England, it often feels like the best, given its
authentic two floors featuring old wooden floors, beamed ceilings, a
retired potbelly stove and that sweet, relaxing unidentified familiar
country store aroma. Brown and Hopkins' modest country store size
doesn't hold it back from packing a lot of classic country store
merchandise into its relatively limited space: penny candy, locally
produced maple syrup, Vermont cheddar cheese, candles, braided rugs,
hand made country decor, art prints, historical prints and a whole lot
more of traditional items. Located in equally ancient Chepachet
-- where going back to another area is not just another cute marketing
phrase -- Brown and Hopkins, antiques shops, dated Colonial homes and a
peaceful aura make it hard to believe that the bustling Rhode Island
City of Providence is less than a half-hour away.
Hopkins Country Store
1179 Putnam Pike (Route 44)
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