Great Barrington Antiques Trail 1
This information was compiled by Patrice Mullin Vice President of the Berkshire
County Massachusetts Antiques and Art Dealers Association. Town & Country
magazine summer of 2002 painted the Berkshires as fertile hunting ground for
"antiquers." The region hosts hundreds of antique shops. You will find a generous
assortment listed below. Start a mile or so north of town on Route 7 (at the base of
Monument Mountain frequented by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville), at a
former farm complex called Jenifer House (on the right if you're heading north). Here
you will find:
Coffman's Antiques Markets
Over 200 dealer booths housed in two buildings (yellow and
red) offer a diverse collection, primarily country but certainly
not limited to such. Plan on a good hour even if you're a fast
walker. The quality is above-average and everything is well
displayed on multiple floors in a rustic barn.
Berkshire Art Gallery
Also at Jenifer House, the gallery features "museum
reputation artists," as well as contemporary and
Berkshires artists. This is investment art, much of it fine
If you're ready for refreshment
, we suggest Uncommon Ground, a coffeehouse-fresh
juice bar. Take a left out of Jenifer House, it's immediately on your right. If weather
permits, walk outside and around back to the picnic tables and you will see the
Berkshires' beloved Housatonic River. Look to the north to spot Monument Mountain.
Even if you cannot linger this is one of the prettiest town roadside views. Continuing
south on Route 7, just after the second traffic light, is:
Elise Abrams Antiques
Devoted to fine dining. We are talking
elaborate diningroom settings here -- the finest
porcelain, silver, glass. Mrs. Abrams exhibits
also in Palm Beach and New York City.
Think you have had it with dinner services for 12? Our next destination has even more
diningroom-related antiques. Bear right onto Route 7, go over a bridge and through one
light, and on your right just after the second light is a yellow house.
Antiques trail, 1
Details from 2002, showing the
wide range and fine quality of the
town’s antiques shops.