Antiquing in Coventry
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Coventry Regional Farmers' Market
Memory Lane Antiques, at 2224 Boston Turnpike, hosts over 50 dealers in a multi-dealer shop featuring a wide selection of antiques and collectibles and Memories Too Antique Center at 2208 Boston Turnpike, offers more to browse.
In Coventry Village, at 1141 Main St, KDM Antiques offers a wide selection of quality antique furnishings and collectibles.
Also in the Village, Coventry Arts & Antiques at 1140 Main Street is open Sundays 10am – 5pm and is stocked with Antiques, collectibles, art and more.
The Mansfield Drive In Flea Market, at 228 Stafford Road, just over the Coventry line in Mansfield, is the largest flea market on this side of the state and runs 8-3, Sunday, rain or shine.
The Nathan Hale Homestead, where market is located, was home to the family of the State Hero, Nathan Hale. Constructed in 1776, the Homestead is a pristine example of a Georgian-style home. Although sold out of the Hale family in the 1820s, the house has remained virtually intact.
The Strong-Porter House, circa 1730, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Five rooms of the house, as well as several outbuildings, including a carpenter shop, carriage sheds, and a restored 19th century privy and barn are open to the public. Located at 2382 South Street, across from the market, it is open on market days and admission is free.
Brick School House, circa 1825, at the corner of Merrow Rd. and Goose Lane, open to the public on the first and third Sundays 1- 4 p.m. Offers daily programs, is set-up to represent the character of the first half of the 20th century, and showcases oral histories, photographs and other memorabilia from people who attended and taught in one-room schoolhouses in Coventry.
Self-guiding walking tour of the Nathan Hale Cemetery, perched high on a hill overlooking Coventry lake, from its oldest grave, dated 1716, to its most famous, the Nathan Hale Monument.
Veteran’s Memorial Park at the Corner of Lake & High Streets, hosts Connecticut’s Vietnam War Memorial, other war memorials and statues relevant to Coventry.
Swimming and Paddling:
Swimming at Coventry Lake: Patriots Park, 124 Lake Street, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, 9am-7pm. Free for residents with beach sticker; $20 per car for non-residents. Beach is staffed with lifeguards, park includes picnic tables & grills, a covered pavilion, playscape, basketball court, and open fields.
Paddling at Coventry Lake: Sunday from 12-4, “Quiet Hours'' on Coventry Lake allow sailboats and canoes to use the lake without being buffeted by heavy wakes from speeding power craft. Access for watercraft at the State Boat Launch, 180 Lake Street. 6 MPH limit on Sundays from 12 to 4 pm. Launch is ADA accessible.
One of our favorite “secret spots” in Coventry for walking and fishing is the DEEP fishing area at 82 Woodbridge Rd. (Hunt's Tree Farm). You just drive in past the house, follow the dirt road, park and walk and fish in the Skungamaug River… it’s beautiful!
DEEP Meadow, Brigham Tavern Road is 22-acre property offering informal access to the river for fishing and walking.
Fishing and Paddling: Eagleville Lake (80 acres) and its dam offer the view and rushing sound of the whitewater falls. Fishing is popular on the Mansfield side of the dam. There is a paved ramp for handicapped access to the top of the dam. The Coventry side has a carry-in boat launch for canoes and kayaks. Paddling to the upper lake is easiest from River Park in Mansfield. Check the Canoe and Kayak Map for details about the river and lake’s hazards, features and launch sites.
With your dog at Creaser Park, 100 Case Road, is dog friendly (on leash), and offers open space and wooded areas, a small pond, view of the Willimantic River and 5 distinct walking trails, a picnic pavilion, and outdoor grills.
With your child at Patriots Park Woods, 227 Cross Street, is a nice hike to take with children. Park at George Hersey Robertson School where there is also a playground. Trail is approximately ¾ mile long, and includes interpretive signage. Trail is not recommended for strollers due to difficult terrain in some areas.
Mill Brook Trail, Main Street, behind Meet Me on Main; its part of the Mill Brook Greenway, and includes interpretive signage and beautiful green space along the trail.
Riverview Trail Ramble: Near the intersection of Rt 32 and Merrow Road, the trail runs along the Willimantic River; some interpretive signage and benches... info and directions.
Outdoor Recreation in Coventry
Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market is held June – October, Sunday, 11-2 at the Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street, Coventry, CT 06238.
This is a producer-only market. All products are made or grown in Connecticut by the vendor.
This is a “dog friendly” market: leashed, well-mannered dogs are welcome. There are handicapped parking spaces available and the market terrain is a relatively flat, grassy, farm field.
Coventry lodging recommended by The Farmers’ Market Trail is the Daniel Rust House, a full service B&B that can accommodate children over 13 and welcomes well-behaved dogs!
The Connecticut Country Store, 89 Flanders Rd, which stocks plants and flowers from their greenhouse, the work of Connecticut artisans, hand-made toys, seasonal produce, and a wide variety of delicious local foods. Sunday 10-2pm.
Cassidy Hill Vineyard is a small Coventry winery dedicated to the production of quality wines sold at the log cabin winery, where customers can enjoy wine tastings and tours, Sundays 11-5.
The Coventry Visitors Center, in Coventry Village's charming 1876 building, at 1195 Main St., Rte. 31 is open Sunday, 10-2, with maps and lots of info on local businesses, attractions, and Coventry history.