Hilltop Antiques - A Treasure Trove in Downtown Skowhegan

Hilltop Antiques in the historic J. Palmer Merrill building in downtown Skowhegan

Hilltop Antiques in the historic J. Palmer Merrill building in downtown Skowhegan

A room on the top floor (of three stories) at Hilltop Antiques in downtown Skowhegan

A room on the top floor (of three stories) at Hilltop Antiques in downtown Skowhegan

No trip to Maine is complete without a little "antiquing", and we here at Colony House love to keep you posted on the best places to go in central Maine to find those antique treasures we all adore. 

Recently, I visited Hilltop Antiques to see what was new (and there is always something new there!). Despite the name, Hilltop is actually located in downtown Skowhegan, in the J. Palmer Merrill block (next to Bloomfield's Tavern), and features more than 25 rooms of antiques.  (Yes, you read that correctly. Twenty-five rooms.) 

For a delightful couple of hours, my friend and I explored three stories of vintage furniture, books, clothing, artwork, jewelry, coins, tools, glassware, paper ephemera, and just about any other item you can imagine. I was impressed with the expansive inventory, and I'm pretty sure my eyebrows involuntarily raised when owner Greg Salisbury commented that he was "a little low on stock just now."  (Can't wait to see what it looks like when he's "fully stocked"!)

The antiques were not the only fantastic aspect of our visit; if you appreciate architecture, you will revel in the experience of walking the old rooms. Originally built for J. Palmer Merrill, attorney, the Colonial Revival brick building is trimmed with wood and stone, and capped with a metal crest.

Through the years, the building has functioned as office space for a variety of businesses. You'll love the creak of the wood floors, the frosted glass windows and heavy old doors separating the rooms. And, if you close your eyes, you'll be able to conjure the clackety-clack of old typewriters and thrum-and-hum of the trolley just outside the window. . .  

If you're visiting Skowhegan, Hilltop Antiques is a "must" for your to-do list. Visit their website here, and then stop by in person; you won't regret the trip!

One of the 25 rooms at Hilltop Antiques. . .the view of downtown Skowhegan from those windows is charming.

One of the 25 rooms at Hilltop Antiques. . .the view of downtown Skowhegan from those windows is charming.

Hilltop Antiques retains much of the architecture of the old office space -- frosted glass windows and interior doors separating the offices.

Hilltop Antiques retains much of the architecture of the old office space -- frosted glass windows and interior doors separating the offices.

Peeking through the window into the next room of vintage treasures. . .

Peeking through the window into the next room of vintage treasures. . .

Jenny Oby

(Gail & Nick - This blog allows multiple authors. I'm showing you how an "author bio" appears on the blogs by leaving mine on here. If we go with this, I'll create author bios for you and write under your names.  This will help search engines find you.) I'm a Maine native and Arizona transplant; a history writer, copywriter, and info entrepreneur. When I'm not crafting copy for my clients, I'm traveling, painting, ballroom dancing, collecting vintage postcards and antique etiquette books, or studying classic ad copy from the 1940s. My first book, Lakewood Theatre (Arcadia Press) will be published in June 2017.