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Found: A 19th Century General Store

IMG_7640A while ago I did a blog about a place trapped in time that I discovered in Vermont. Little did I know what a path that one encounter would put me on! I love the twists and turns that life takes. This journey has certainly been an adventure.IMG_7629Now we’ve left the mountains of California, moved across the country to Vermont, and are the proud caretakers of that incredible property that I blogged about. The most unique part of the property is the 1870s general store, in all original condition. IMG_7625Step back in time for a moment. Imagine looking in large front windows with ample space to display wares to passing horse and buggy teams. Imagine extensive shelving and barrels to hold all the dry goods and food your home could need. IMG_7619Oh, and look at the electrical wiring. It’s a later addition to the store, but it’s all original and still works. IMG_7631Fabrics, jams and jellies, seeds, and all manner of household goods were offered for sale. This general store had it all. I like to picture what it must have been like back in the day. The long dual counters on each side must have been filled with jars for candy and ample space for measuring out bolts of cloth. IMG_7626I find it hard to believe it’s still standing in this phenomenal condition after nearly 150 years. One thing I really love about northern Vermont is how it feels a bit steeped in time. Many things have stayed the same since this store was originally constructed. IMG_7644IMG_7617It was called the Pond store, after the family name. It was known for miles around as the place to get all your goods. It sits in a prominent location in the village of East Berkshire, right near the corner of State Routes 105 and 118. Now it’s empty and ready for its next incarnation.IMG_7647

The back store to the store. It opens into a basement with stairs leading up the store.

The extra short backdoor to the store. It opens into a basement with stairs leading up to the retail area.

We’re tossing around ideas and letting our imaginations go wild. I’m researching old general stores to see what this one would have looked like originally. It likely would have been packed to the gills with goods. IMG_7630The store has other parts to it, which I’ll include in future blogs. The original doctor’s office which took up residence in the side bay window and the incredible second floor will amaze you. This whole building is really mind blowing. Everywhere I turn there are details to notice. IMG_7628We’re asking the community members what they think this space should be. So far the main responses have involved books, coffee, and baked goods. The surrounding area is dotted with small villages and farms. It’ll be fun to be an integral part of the community. What do you think this old general store should become?

Edited by Molly Fisk.

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8 comments

  1. Crystal Blu says:

    A bookstore that doubles as a cafe. I can see jars and jars of fine teas and coffees to take home and comfie chairs to read the books just purchased while sipping lovely drinks.

  2. Sue Brusseau says:

    What a lovely find Heidi!

  3. Why an antique shop, of course!!

  4. Mikel Anne Hicks says:

    I see a small deli with home baked goods and bread with a few antiques for sale. Smoked hams hanging around for sale. Oh a little corner for coffee and lattes and ice cream too.

  5. Amy says:

    Fantastic!!!!! So exciting for you ladies!! What s fun chapter in life this will bring.

  6. Mimi Sittlerly says:

    To a dancer everything is or isn’t a dance space. This one is! Tango dancers….social dance NOT ballroom…would love this space for a weekly milonga and teaching space.

  7. How about a store centered around locally produced items!

  8. Jacquelynn says:

    I think other site proprietors should take this website as an model, very clean and wonderful user friendly style and design, let alone the content. You are an expert in this topic!

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