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Our History

Brown & Hopkins General Store, 1920s

The building which houses Brown & Hopkins Country Store was erected in 1799 by Timothy Wilmarth. In 1809 the building was purchased by Ira Evans who started the business as a general store. After several changes in ownership it was then purchased in 1921 by James L. Brown and William W. Hopkins (see photo below).

Brown and Hopkins operated the store until 1964, when it was purchased by Roscoe and Lillian Steere. In the late 1900's Brown & Hopkins experienced a few more changes in ownership.

William W. Hopkins, James L. Brown, and clerk (name unknown)

In July 2004, Elizabeth Yuill of Foster, Rhode Island purchased Brown & Hopkins Country Store and is honored to carry on the tradition. The store now specializes in primitive and country home accessories, reproduction furniture, and  period lighting.

Browse our two floors and discover wonderful gifts for yourself, friends and family. Candles, quilts, framed prints, seasonal decorative merchandise, homemade fudge and more! Of course, you'll still find old fashioned candy (still some for just a penny!), gourmet specialties from Stonewall Kitchen, yard goods and an assortment of antiques.

Brown & Hopkins' Potbelly Stove

From the potbelly stove (retired, but still admired) to the old wooden floors and beamed ceilings, Brown & Hopkins maintains much of its authenticity and continues to attract people from all over the country to its doors. We  invite you to visit often ~ truly step back in time and experience for yourself good old fashioned charm and hospitality.


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