DESIGNNEWENGLAND.COM JULY/AUGUST 2015
New Hampshire’s Road Show
In the heart of the Granite State, 30 miles of vintage treasures lie along meandering Route 4
written by melissa durkee • photographed by rob karosis
the front room of R. S. Butler’s Trading Company represents multiple eras
and a mix of vintage home, architectural, industrial, and salvage artifacts. As
inventory sells, owners Colleen and Don Pingree rearrange the room, keeping
the presentation fresh for curious buyers.
For hunters of antiques, the small New Hampshire town of Northwood is truly a hidden gem. Just 25 minutes by car inland from the state’s popular seacoast city of Portsmouth, it has an almost incomparable antiques cene both in quality and variety of goods. But impres- sive as it is, Northwood is just one of several towns
along Antique Alley, New England’s oldest antiques shopping district, which boasts more than 500 dealers across 30 miles of Route 4
from Lee to Concord.
The origin of Antique Alley as a brand dates to the 1970s, when it
was promoted by the Northwood Chamber of Commerce. Since then,
the independent Antique Alley Association, a merchants’ group that
continues to grow and support its members, most of whom also belong
to the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association, has taken on