Antiquing Tour I


Southbury, Woodbury, Bethlehem, Morris, Torrington Litchfield, Bantam, Washington Depot, Roxbury, Bridgewater

Approximate Mileage: 60 Miles

Approximate Driving Time:Full Day Tour

Antiquing Tour I Summary:

Antiquing Tour I begins at the jct. Rte. 6/67 & I-84, in Southbury, take Rte. 6 east/Rte. 67 north; at the Rte. 6/67 split, continue on Rte. 6 east* to Woodbury. At the jct. of Rte. 6 and Rte. 61, take Rte. 61 north to Bethlehem and Morris. At the jct. of Rte. 61 and Rte. 63, take a left on Rte. 63 north to Litchfield. At the jct. of Rte. 63 and Rte. 202 in the center of Litchfield*, take Rte. 202 west to Bantam. At the jct. of Rte. 202 and Rte. 47, take Rte. 47 south to Washington Depot to the jct. of Rte. 6 in Woodbury. Follow Rte. 6 west to Southbury where this tour began*.

This tour is designed especially for antiquers, begins in Southbury at the jct. of Rte. 6 / 67 and I-84. Start your day at Marie's Country Furnishings & Salem Antiques, on 330 Main St. South, where you will find a wide assortment of collectibles, glass, china, and jewelry.

Proceed on Rte. 6 east to Woodbury, CT's antiques capital! The village of Woodbury was one of the first communities established in western CT. Here you will follow the recently established Antiques Trail that shows off the quantity and variety of antiques and collectibles to be found here. Today, many of its 18th and 19th c. homes have been converted to shops offering a wide range of antiques, probably the largest and finest concentration anywhere in New England. Entering Woodbury, visit Antiquario Villas and Cottages that has seven rooms of American and European 18th and 19th century antiques and decorations; offered in a National Historic Register 1754 farmhouse. If you like Pilgrim, 18th and early 19th C. high country furniture and accessories in original surface and paint, early lighting, paintings, folk art and 17th C. English needlework be sure to stop in at Pantry and Hearth at The 1775 Barn.

Continuing on Rte. 6, pay a visit to Monique Shay Antiques and Design. Here you will find a large selection of Canadian country antiques, painted & natural pine tables, armoires, cupboards, and chairs. Woodbury Pewter Factory Outlet, on the left offers a vast selection of antique and reproduction pewter decorative accessories. Just beyond is Tillies Antiques that offers kaleidoscope of treasures, unusual and rare to everyday bargains. Keep your eyes peeled for Woodbury Antiques and Fine Art. Here you will find a dynamic and evolving inventory in various mediums for the discriminating collector.

Don't miss Country Loft Antiques, a voyage to France off of Main Street where the specialties are 18th and 19th c. French country furniture, art objects, and wine antiquities.

Proceeding on Rte. 6, visit Madeline West Antiques a the historic 19th century home. The shop offers an interesting collection of 18th through early 20th century antique furniture, paintings and porcelains.

To visit Charles M. Haver Antiques, specializing in distinctive Americana furniture, period lighting, hooked rugs and baskets displayed in an 18th c. carriage house, take Rte. 317 for 6 mi. to Roxbury Center. Retrace your steps to Rte. 6.

Continuing on Rte. 6 in Woodbury is The Elemental Garden, that has the largest authentic garden antiques selection on the East Coast. They specialize in fine English, French and American antique garden ornament, furniture and decorative accessories of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th Century. If you are looking for late 17th - 19th c. English & French country furniture, early English pottery, Windsor chairs, folk art, delft, stop in Winsor Antiques. At the Main Street Antiques Center you will find four dealers that offer an extensive selection of fine art with English, French and American furniture in addition to 40 plus display case dealers that offer thousands of smalls. At the junction of Rte. 6 and Rte. 47 is Antiques On the Green, that offers country and formal quality antique furniture dating from the 1ate 18th Century to the early 20th Century. Pieces are attractively displayed in a converted 1823 two-story barn and delightfully appointed with cut and pressed glass, silver, china, art, rugs, and fine accessories. They also provide end-to-end service for estate and moving liquidations.

At Grass Roots Antiques old and rare items from fine homes, exceptional decorative accessories, furniture, and antique & estate jewelry are artfully displayed in a renovated silk mill. Antique and estate jewelry is always unique. Just up the road is Abrash Galleries, Rugs and Antiquities , a mecca for the rug aficionado with a peerless collection of antique, semi-antique and new Persian, Indian, Chinese and Turkish rugs. Your next stop, Thomas Schwenke Antiques , is noted for having provided designers, architects and collectors with the finest quality and value in American and English formal furniture made from 1785 to 1820 for more than 30 years. Custom furniture and federal replicas are also offered.

Continuing on pay a visit to Wayne Mattox Antiques where Furniture, Folk Art and Paintings - Continental - Arts and Crafts - 20th C. Modern - Brass Lighting - Fixtures are the order of the day. Mr. Maddox is a leading authority on antiques, and is a columnist, writer, lecturer, appraiser and auctioneer.

For a change of pace, stop in G. Sergeant Antiques that offers a distinctive collection of 17th, 18th, and 19th c. American, Continental and English furnishings from fine estates.

Continuing on Rte. 6 you will come to another fascinating Woodbury establishment called the Mill House Antiques set in formal gardens overlooking the Nonnewaug River. Mill House is noted for its' 17 showrooms filled with an extensive collection of fine 18th and 19th Century English and French antique furniture and accessories. They are best known for their wide selection of sideboards, servers, Welsh dressers, chests and custom made dining tables.

At the jct. of Rte. 6 and Rte. 61, take Rte 61 north to Bethlehem and Morris. Continue on Rte. 61 north to Morris. At the jct. of Rte. 61 and 63, take a left on Rte. 63 north to Litchfield. At the jct. of Rte. 61 and 63, take a left on Rte. 63 north to Litchfield. Before exploring Litchfield, visit Remember When Antique Lighting Gallery & Consignments (Rte. 202 east to Main St., Torrington) specializing in antique light fixtures and lamps. You will also find the largest selection in New England of estate jewelry and ladies accessories and Art Deco, French and Traditional furnishings from the 1920's - 1950's. Retrace your steps to the Litchfield Green.

Litchfield is often called "New England's most beautiful town." Jeffrey Tillou welcomes antiques lovers at his shop on the Litchfield Green. A few steps down is Lawrence Jeffrey Estate Jewelers whose shop is a treasure trove of unusual and one of a kind antique, period and signed Jewelry. Their collection of unique Twentieth century and Signed Pieces emphasizes colored gemstones and incredible gold bracelets. A few doors down, Les Plaisirs de la Maison French Country Antiques offers such appealing items as 18th - 20th c. French country furniture, fine paintings and prints, old copper, and oriental rugs.

Continuing on Rte. 202, don't miss Litchfield County Auctions located in a white building set back from the road. This is Connecticut's Premiere Estate Auction Gallery featuring Bi-Annual Sales in Americana, Modernism, Jewelry, Asian and Tribal, European Furniture and Decorative Art, Paintings, Drawings Prints and Sculpture. Proceed on Rte. 202 west to Carey Sanford Antiques to discover a fun multi dealer shop that has Adirondack, Country and Formal Furniture, Estate and Costume Jewelry, and Native American Pottery and Jewelry. In addition you will find a selection of American Pottery, Glassware, Porcelain, Oils, Watercolors, Lithographs, Prints, Toys, Treen and Metalware.

A bit further along Rte. 202, in the village of Bantam, you'll find an exciting enclave of 2 antique shops and a tile gallery. If you're looking to browse the wares of 20 plus antique dealers pay a visit to the Old Carriage Shop Antiques Center. Here you'll be tempted by an endless variety of antiques from all periods attractively displayed in a 19th c. building.

Across the street, in the brick "factory" you'll discover the magical world of Four Winds, Chinese Antiques specializing in a wonderful collection of 19th century rustic Chinese country antiques and accessories from around the world. A few doors down, Bantam Tileworks offers over 100 unique colors of handmade ceramic tiles that are found nowhere else.

Continuing on Rte. 202 west, keep an eye peeled for a sign directing you to Toll House Antiques on Old Turnpike Rd. Here, you'll delight in the array of antique furniture, stoneware, kitchenware, clocks, and primitives. Continue on Rte. 202, at the jct. of Rte. 202 and Rte. 47 take Rte. 47 south to Washington Depot.On your way stop in at The Tulip Tree Collection, which offers a romantic blend of French Canadian antiques, reproductions, and upholstered pieces beautifully accented by a refined selection of decorative accessories. If you are looking for 17th-19th century English and European furniture, lighting, and a large selection of antique Dutch Delft Tiles pay a visit to Black Swan Antiques just a bit further down on Rte. 47. In the Depot, Eleish-Van Breams Antiques has a distinctive selection of fine 18th and 19th c. Swedish antiques, accessories, reproduction furniture and Marimekko. Owners Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems are the co-authors of the books "Swedish Interiors" and "Swedish Country Interiors".

Continue on Rte. 47 to the jct. of Rte. 6 in Woodbury, take Rte. 6 west to Southbury, where this tour began.