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!