Antiquing Tour II

Location: New Milford, Marbledale, New Preston, Kent, Gaylordsville, Cornwall Bridge, West Cornwall, Canaan, Norfolk, Barkhamsted.

Approximate Mileage: 90 miles.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Trip

Summary: Antiquing II begins in New Milford at the jct. of Rte. 202 and 67. Take Rte. 202 east to Marbledale. At the jct. Rte. 202 and Rte. 45, take Rte. 45 north to New Preston. Follow Rte. 45 north to Rte. 341 west to Rte. 7 north through Kent. Continue on Rte. 7 north to Rte. 128 east to West Cornwall. Retrace your steps and continue on Rte. 7 north to Canaan. At the jct. of Rte. 44 and Rte. 7 in Canaan, take Rte. 44 east to Norfolk*. At the jct. of Rte. 44 and Rte. 272 in Norfolk, take Rte. 272 south to Rte. 4 west to Goshen to Rte. 63 south to Litchfield to Rte. 202 west to New Milford where this loop began.

This tour is designed for antique lovers as well as lovers of unspoiled nature, passes through some of northwest Connecticut's most scenic countryside. The Housatonic River flows along much of the route and picturesque country villages nestle along its banks.

Begin your tour in New Milford at the jct. of Rte. 202 and Rte. 67. Take Rte. 202 east for twelve scenic miles to New Preston.

At the jct. of Rte. 202 and 45, take Rte. 45 north, to the village of New Preston well known for it's tantalizing enclave of shops. Entering New Preston, stop at Dawn Hill Antiques, a specialist in 18th and 19th century Swedish and French painted furniture, decorative accessories, garden antiques, transferware and quilts. Dish located within Dawn Hill Antiques offers antique ironstone, set of dishes, napkins and bath and body products. In the heart of the village, J. Seitz & Co. spotlights 5000 sq. ft of ethnic antiques blended with upholstered pieces and accented by folk art from New Mexico and the Pueblos. It's a favorite haunt of collectors, decorators, and celebrity clients who are attracted to the exclusive and eclectic offerings.

Leaving New Preston, continue on Rte. 45 north around Lake Waramaug, Connecticut's second largest lake to Rte 341 west to Kent.

At the jct. of Rte. 7 & Rte. 341 in Kent, take Rte. 7 south for 6 mi. to The Bittersweet Shop. Located in the timeless village of Gaylordsville, the Center displays the finest wares of some of the area's top antique dealers. Country & formal furniture, paintings from portraits to landscapes and quilts in many colors and patterns are just some of the items on display.

If you are taking this tour on a Sun. mid.-March - mid.-Dec., you may want to continue on Rte. 7 (20 mi.) to the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market, New England's largest with 300 dealers.

Retrace your steps on Rte. 7 north to the center of Kent passing Bull's Bridge, one of two covered bridges open to traffic in the state. Kent, for decades has been the home of artists and antique dealers, and today, as you explore this lovely village, you will find that many shops along Rte. 7 have continued this time honored tradition.

RT Facts Antiques, for example, specializes in unusual architectural and ornamental antiques for the garden and home. Her you will find a large array of classic furniture, fountains, urns, lamps, sculpture, and the unexpected including 19th century decorative accessories and early 20th century eccentricities.

For a change of pace, visit Foreign Cargo displaying one-of-a-kind antique jewelry, and antiques and rare ethnic art from the South Pacific, Asia and Africa.

A bit farther down in a house with drapes on the porch is Pauline's Place, where owner, Pauline offers a superlative selection of antique and estate jewelry including Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco, Art Retro and Contemporary jewelry, by Tiffany & Co., Cartier and other fine designers. The the North Room an eclectic mix of Asian, European, American art, textiles, antiques, fine silver and china.

Your next stop, opposite Sloane-Stanley Museum is The Company Store Antiques, which has country, formal & original grain-painted furniture, French enamelware,estate jewelry, paintings, silver, folk art, clocks, and tools.

Continuing on Rte 7 north you will pass Kent Falls State Park. Turn off Rte. 7 and pause to admire the cascading waters as they plunge 200 ft. to the valley floor.

Continue on Rte. 7 north to Cornwall Bridge to Housatonic River Outfitters. Here you'll find an interesting collection of classic sporting antiques such as fishing bamboo rods, reels, flies, creels, books, collectibles, and cabin furnishings. This section of Rte. 7 heading north is a designated scenic road that follows the Housatonic River.

Take a right on Rte. 128 east, cross a classic covered bridge to enter the picturesque village of West Cornwall. Located in a building once used as a Masonic Hall, Barbara Farnsworth Bookseller specializes in rare and out-of-print books on horticulture and decorative trade bindings, and offers bibliophiles over 40,000 rare and out-of-print volumes in all fields.

To visit Yesterday's Past Antiques continue on Rte. 7 north to the junction of Rte. 63 in Falls Village. In business since 1970 the shop offers a wonderful array of old bottles, old and new Steiff, glassware, silver, furniture, stoneware, baskets, old toys, art, paintings, pottery, Royal Daulton,and Beswick. Retrace your steps and continue on Rte. 7 north.

Continue on Rte. 7 north to Canaan. To visit Johnnycake Books on Academy St. in Salisbury, take Rte. 44 west for ten scenic miles. Browse among 3,000 rare and collectible titles in a charming 19th c. cottage. Architectural, art and garden; CT and NY history; and first editions are a specialty here.

A few doors down is Passports that offers a amazing collection of 19th and early 20th century country furniture from around the world as well as 19th century American and European garden statuary and ornamentation. Retrace your steps.

Take Rte. 44 east to Norfolk. Here you will find Joseph Stannard Antiques that has an extensive collection of French 17th to mid-20th century furniture and accessories, beautifully displayed in an architectural landmark gallery. Stroll through the garden among antique garden elements including exceptional 18th century granite troughs, decorative basins, fountains, statuary, architectural ornaments, and garden furniture.

A few doors down you will find Carnegie Hill Antiques II where 9th and 18th C. English furniture, including tables, desks, large chairs, settees, mirrors and side chairs as well as Chinese export porcelains, paintings and decorative accessories are the order of the day.

The newly restored Infinity Hall in a historically renovated 19th century hall offers entertainment year round while the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival offers concerts July and August at at an old world estate.

To end your tour here, take Rte. 272 south to Rte. 4 west to Goshen to Rte. 63 south to Litchfield to Rte. 202 west to New Milford where this loop began.

To continue, take Rte. 44 east through Winsted and Pleasant Valley to Barkhamsted where Skilton's Antiques and Collectibles is located on Rte. 44. This is a multi-dealer store that offers a variety of treasures from yesterday's primitives to today's highly collectibles displayed in a shopper friendly atmosphere.

Follow Rte. 44 to Rte. 8 south to Exit 42 to Rte. 118 west to Rte. 202 west through Litchfield, Bantam, and New Preston to New Milford where this loop began.