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Shopping the Old-Fashioned New England Way at Brown & Hopkins Country Store in Chepachet, R.I.

Brown and Hopkins Country Store in Chepachet RI

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.

Brown and Hopkins Country Store
1179 Putnam Pike (Route 44)
Chepachet, RI
Tel. 401-568-4830

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