Friday, April 23, 2010

Lady Dianne Goes To Camelot Village Antiques, Bennington Vermont

Lady Dianne Goes To Camelot Village Antiques, Benningnton Vermont

Boy did I have fun at Camelot Village Antique Center in Bennington, Vermont last Saturday while traveling through The Berkshires and beyond. While most of the members of my family went outlet shopping in Lee Massachusetts, I shlepped my husband up Route 7 (In Lenox, Mass.) to Route 9 in Bennington (Vermont). Our trip from Lenox, took under an hour.

From Farm To Antique Center

The Camelot Village Antique Center was originally a farm and summer residence of a wealthy New York City family back in the late 1800's. According to the Center's brochure, the original name was "Ben Venue" , which is Scottish and translates to "small mountain" .

Fillmore Farms

In 1892, James C. Colgate, founded Fillmore Farms and raised prized Dorset sheep. Later son in law James S. Dennis took over Fillmore Farms an enterprise which included cattle, poultry, dairy, pork, maple syrup etc. Camelot Village is the original Hubbell Homestead (the nucleus of the farm).

Enough About Pigs And Cows
: Let's talk Antiques

Enough about cows, pigs and poultry. The Antique Center is a blast. The building keeps going and going. Just when you think you have turned down the last aisle, there is another hidden staircase and another and another. There are booths everywhere. And there is every imaginable collectible somewhere in this huge multi-dealer shop.

You will find postcards, ceramics, advertising, pottery, glassware, textiles, retro, sixties, country, furniture, paper, kitchenwares, country store, jewelry, vintage clothing, china etc.

Lovin' My Kitchen Collectibles

Of course I am after my favorites, kitchenwares, retro, country store and cottage and there was plenty to look at and of course come home with. Like in all group shops, there are dealers and then there are amazing dealers. In this post I am sharing some of the sellers who I really liked.

By the way, there is also a Deli on the premises, a Craft Center, Country Store and Wine Shop and Flower and Gift Shop.

Camelot Village
66 Colgate Heights (Route 9)
Bennington, Vermont

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Authors Guild, Inc.


  1. Looks like a great place. I find myself wondering what those price tags say in that top picture. I have wanted one of those green cookie jars for over 30 years.

  2. Tis a great place, i love coming here.

    Also, just wanted to inform you, not only is this the original Hubbell Homestead, James C. Colgate is also the founder of Colgate Toothpaste.

    Don't mean to burst your bubble, & i know you read it in a brochure but "Ben Venue" means "the small mountain" in reference to Mt Anthony right behind Camelot Village.

  3. Skahttay, thanks for keeping me on my toes...I made the correction. And let me also say..that your country deli on the grounds of Camelot Village is adorable. Good luck with it, Dianne