Hunting through history. From country barns to antique malls – history surrounds your antiquing adventure in Mystic Country. Our Antiques Trail takes you across Mystic Country to 30 antique shops from south to north or vice versa, introducing you to some of the unique town centers, restaurants, history and attractions along the way.
Thrill of the Hunt
A small sample of our trail for both the casual collector and the seasoned buyer.
The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme
Specialty: 19th and 20th century art
The only art-only antique retailer on our trail is aptly located in Old Lyme, a town that has long been a popular artists colony. Many early American Impressionist artists stayed at the nearby Florence Griswold House, which has expanded to become the Florence Griswold Museum. Notable artsy lodgers included Henry Ward Ranger, Edward Charles Volkert, Childe Hassam, and Willard Metcalf.
Grand & Water Antiques, Stonington
Speicalty: home decor
Antique meets modern in this antique shop filled with re-upholstered antique furniture, historical delights and an array of modern merchandise. A short side-trip down Water Street will lead you to the Old Lighthouse Museum, a 19th-century lighthouse that was active until 1899.
Nathan Liverant & Son Antiques, Colchester
Specialty: furniture and decorative arts, pre-1840
Housed in a former 1835 Baptist meeting house – complete with steeple and bell –Liverant & Son is a family-owned business now in its third generation. Founded more than 90 years ago by Nathan Liverant, the award-winning shop (Yankee Magazine’s Best Antiques - Connecticut, 2012) is now operated by his grandson Arthur Liverant. (Make a large purchase and you get to ring the steeple bell.)
The Quiet Corner
Antiques Marketplace, Putnam
Specialty: a mix of eclectic items, furniture, collectables and more
True antique lovers beware. You could spend hours searching throughout the Antiques Marketplace’s 22,000 square feet of antiques and collectables, but if you somehow are able to leave this antique mall – the largest in central New England – then we suggest the Heritage Mills Walking Tour at the foot of downtown Putnam.
Scranton’s Shops, Woodstock
Specialty: a bountiful blend of American antiques and vintage items
Prior to its life as an antique shop, the Scranton’s Shops served as a blacksmith shop, a bus shop, a post office and an auto repair station. For wine lovers: After a visit, travel down Route 171 for a quick five-minute trip to Taylor Brooke Winery to taste one of their 15 varieties of wines.
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