Connecticut October 11, 2017
The Oldest General Store in Connecticut Has A Fascinating History
The Colebrook Store has been around since 1803 and has served the town well for over 200 years. It is the state record holder for the longest continuous running general store in Connecticut. That title did not necessarily come easy to the store; there have been ups and downs in its interesting history.
The Colebrook Store is located at 559 Colebrook Rd., Colebrook
The town of Colebrook is located in the northern part of the Nutmeg state. It sits on the Massachusets border in Litchfield County. The general store with its distinctive four column front has been a long-time fixture within the community. The store you see here was actually built in 1812 to replace the smaller store that is located right behind it.
The outer appearance of the store has not changed much over the years.
Even though the store changed hands more than 16 times throughout its existence, the outside still looks pretty much the same. The first time the store was sold in 1825, the sale price was $775. It was sold two more times for a sum of under $1000. The apartment above the general store was usually occupied by the owners.
Today, the inside of The Colebrook Store will transport you to the past with it's old-timey feel.
There is candy in bins at the counter and vintage items on the shelves, the store is welcoming and a bit homey. You can stop by and grab some groceries if you need to, but this country store has so much more to offer.
With so many choices, which way do you go?
Groceries, Deli, Ice Cream - so many great choices in one place. But they also sell t-shirts and Christmas ornaments along with some other unique things.
Fresh baked sweet treats are available daily.
This general store has a reputation for having the best chocolate eclairs in the state. But also well reviewed are their muffins, apple turnovers and cinnamon buns. You definitely don't want to pass up the homemade baked goods while you visit.
Fresh sandwiches are made while you wait.
The deli has a wonderful selection of fresh meats and cheeses. You can buy all the ingredients there and make at home, but if you are short on time, just have them make a delicious sandwich for you.
Suprise! There is a restaurant inside.
In 2014, after a seven year closure of the store, it reopened with a new restaurant inside. The atmosphere is still country general store and the food is wonderful.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
With menu offerings such as breakfast sandwiches, omlettes, eggs your way and breakfast burritos, there are many great choices to start your day. Not to be forgotten, they serve a great cup of coffee as well.
Open for lunch with a wide variety of menu items.
The famous lunch special is half of a sandwich, a cup of soup, and a small side. This is the perfect combination to fill you up on any day. The Colebrook Store also offers fresh salads, pizza slices, chili and of course, a huge variety of specialty sandwiches.
The Colebrook Store is on the National Register of Historic Places.
This old time general store has stayed true to its roots, but also added some new twists. It is a place well worth visiting, especially if you are in the mood for a little history and a great meal.
Have you ever visited the historic Colebrook Store? What were your experiences, we would love to hear about them!
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