Connecticut's fine crafts and artisan work make shopping a joy

New England is a wonderful place to shop for fine crafts and handmade artisan work because of its long history, economic ingenuity, and rural traditions. A sterling example is silverwork and pewter work crafted by Paul Revere of Boston, which continues to influence today’s artists. Most states have guilds of artists, artisans, and crafts makers that promote local artistry and bring artisan products to the market. Local fine crafts often can be found at the larger farmers markets and festivals. As in other New England states, organizations of Native American tribes share their cultures with the public in many ways, among them museums that sell Indian jewelry, pottery, baskets, and other crafts.
September on Main Street - Historic Wethersfield, CT
Historic Wethersfield

Time for some retail therapy? Turn to the unique shops along village Main Street

After soaking up the history and basking in the natural surroundings of Historic Wethersfield, you may want a little retail diversion. Happily, the town’s shops are here to help! Main Street’s unique shops in the historic district offer everything from artwork and antiques to handmade crafts, vintage clothing, gifts for special occasions and custom-made jewelry. There’s a country store, natural-foods market and art galleries. Whether you’re looking for a vinyl record from the ‘60s, hard-too-find old-time penny candy or a one-of-a-kind gold bracelet, you’ll discover it in these shops, as well as a variety of casual spots for casual dining. Big-box stores can also be found along the highways leading into the village.