Located approximately 85 miles north of New York City and referred to as Connecticut’s “Antique Capital” is Woodbury. One of Litchfield County’s larger communities by population due to its easily commutable distance from the cities of Waterbury and Danbury, Woodbury has managed to retain its old world New England charm, with gorgeous sweeping landscapes, well restored Colonial, Greek Revival and Victorian homes and simple cultural appeal.
Incorporated in 1673, Woodbury’s long history is evident even on its main road. Look no further than the famous “Hollow”, just off Main Street, for several points of interest listed on The National Register of Historic Places. These include the Hurd House Museum, one of the earliest houses on its original site in Connecticut, and the notable Glebe House Museum, a robin's egg blue house that claims to be the birthplace of Episcopalianism in America and whose outside boasts the only known garden in the United States designed by the famed landscape architect Gertrude Jekyll. Woodbury is also home to the King Solomon Masonic Temple, the oldest Masonic Lodge in continuous use in the state, and The Curtis House - Connecticut's first Inn www.curtishouseinn.com. (Photo: The Glebe House and Museum)
Driving into town on scenic Route 6 it is clear what has drawn visitors from afar: the abundance of antique establishments. Over 30 dealers offer virtually all categories, periods and styles of antiques, related accessories, gifts and bench made reproductions from every corner of the world. Woodbury’s emergence as “Antiques Capital” began over 50 years ago as legendary dealers joined the town’s already established shop owners to make the town a rural destination for dealers, decorators, and collectors alike. Whether you are searching for French Canadian painted cupboards, Scandinavian decorative accessories, or American Folk Art, you will find it at one of Woodbury’s shops. Please visit www.antiqueswoodbury.com for more information about this local industry.
Aside from its plethora of antique shops, Woodbury offers plenty of businesses and services to suit your individual needs, including New Morning, the area’s premier health food store and holistic retail center www.newmorn.com/general/home.php. In a County renown for being a fine dining destination, several of the area’s best restaurants are located in Woodbury. For innovative American cuisine with a health conscious twist, visit Carol Peck’s Good News Café www.good-news-cafe.com. For the fifth consecutive year, Good News Café has been named Best American Restaurant Statewide in Connecticut Magazine's2007 Readers' Choice Poll. You might also visit the John’s Café www.johnscafe.com for new American cuisine with Mediterranean flair or Ovens of France www.ovensoffrance.net for the finest in pastries, breads and cookies.
Many young families are drawn to Woodbury for its well-respected Region 14 public school system www.ctreg14.org, its proximity to outdoor recreation and land trusts such as the Flanders Nature Center www.flandersnaturecenter.org and for its excellent Parks and Recreation Department. Under Parks and Recreation is the Hollow Park – a town park boasting two new playscapes, the “River Walk” pathway along the Pomperaug River and a new and improved ball field. Another local park with walking trails and outstanding views is Orenaug Park and the historic Bethel Rock. Both are accessible from the center of town. (Photo: A stunning westerly view from the top of Orenaug Park.)
For more information on the town’s government, clubs and organizations and calendar of events, please visit www.woodburyct.org.