March 2006

Where Old is New Again

It may be known as the “Antiques Capital of Connecticut,” but the small Litchfield County town of Woodbury is anything but a thing of the past.

It all began over 50 years ago when renowned antique dealers brought their businesses to the historic homes of Woodbury, Connecticut’s Main Street. One by one, these dealers soon made Woodbury a favorite of collectors, decorators and dealers from New England and beyond. Today, more than 45 dealers reside in this Connecticut town, tending to their second and third generation shops which offer all categories, periods and styles of antiques and other gifts from all over the world.

Located in Connecticut’s southwest corner, Woodbury’s long and rich history dates back to its establishment in 1673. Home to numerous Colonial, Greek revival and Victorian mansions, the traditional setting of Woodbury makes it a fitting location as Connecticut’s rural epicenter of old.

In Woodbury, you will also find many historic points of interest listed on The National Register of Historic Places. Woodbury’s Hurd House Museum is one of Connecticut’s earliest houses on its original site while the local Curtis House is known as Connecticut’s first inn. It is also said that the notable Glebe House Museum of Woodbury is the birthplace of Episcopalianism in America.

Aside from its antique appeal, Woodbury is the ideal travel destination for those looking to savor a genuine dose of New England charm. From fine dining to cozy cafes to quaint bed and breakfasts, Woodbury is the northeastern escape worth running away to.

When Woodbury visitors’ stomachs begin to rumble, the one-of-a-kind Carole Peck’s Good News Café is a must. Named one of the nation’s best in the 2006 Zagat's Survey of America's Top Restaurants, the café has also been honored as the "Best American Restaurant Statewide" in Connecticut Magazine's 2006 Readers' Choice Poll. Serving lunch and dinner of modern American cuisine, the Good News Café is open daily with the exception of Tuesdays.

For those traveling to Woodbury during snow season, Woodbury’s Ski and State Park is located right on Route 47, while the Quassay Amusement Park and Lake Compounce are located short distances away in Middlebury and Bristol for summer outings. And if all your antiquing leaves your mouth dry, you can always head to one of the nearby vineyards such as Litchfield’s Haight Vineyard to please your palate.

An antique Connecticut jewel, Woodbury offers a getaway experience that leaves both the old and new yearning for another visit.

For more information on the Woodbury’s antique dealers and links to local points of interest, visit