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The Old Store Museum & Giftshop

The Old Store Celebrates 15 Years

This milestone occasion was marked with an anniversary “Sangria & Salsa” party for members only on July 20th. Suzanne Schultek and Gloria Thorne enjoyed a reunion sharing memories of the purchase of the Store from Donohoe and Lindholm on July 9, 1998. The Society had a vision for the building as part museum—for the Mercantile of yesteryears—and part contemporary retail space, and embarked on extensive remodeling.  Much hard work and great fun was had in the transformation. Gloria said, “The history of this cornerstone building is widely known, and it doesn’t seem possible that the Society has built within both a museum and elegant shop that thrives today. The success has been amazing.”

John Jenner, Moira Kelly, and Jack and Pat Hayes were also involved in the early makeover of the Store. Local band “Lush Life” entertained, and the Store was festively decorated. There was fine food, good fun and, of course, great SHOPPING.

Our sincere thanks to each and every one who shops in The Old Store; it contributes to the upkeep of the Society buildings and operating budget. You are The Best! We are ever grateful to the dedicated volunteers who care for the Old Store. You are phenomenal! We could not do it without you!

If you are interested in volunteering, please call Moira or Gloria at the Store (860-350-3475). And don’t forget: the holidays are coming and The Old Store will be ready for you!

The first store at this site is listed in the Sherman land records as a mercantile belonging to David Northrop, Jr. in 1829.  It was acquired by the Society in 1999, preserved with the intent of "reviving" the Old Store.  Featuring displays from its past, the Old Store - with a wide range of gifts for the family and for friends. The Old Mercantile sold for every need, so does our Museum Shop of today.  A store museum c. 1867 gives visitors a chance to reminisce and a second floor gallery shows rotating historical and art exhibitions. 

OPEN:  Thurs.  Sun.: 12 to 4 p.m.,
860 - 350 -3475

The Sherman Historical Society,
10 Route 37 Center, Sherman, CT
Phone: 860-354-3083
e-mail: shermanhistorical@sbcglobal.net