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Gillingham & Sons

16 Elm St., Woodstock, VT - (800) 344-6668
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/28/2014 3:57:00 PM
“We’re a real store staffed by real people, not a warehouse with a web page,” is the assurance you will find at >Gillingham & Sons’ web site. Amen to that! Situated in the center of the intensely picturesque Yankee village of Woodstock, this is a shop redolent of history, with dark wood floors that list and creak but seem strong enough to last several more centuries. It has been around a while, opening for business in 1886 in a building that had been built seventy-five years before that.

This is not a restaurant, but a full-service store, with an inventory that ranges from groceries to such arcane household items as wooden wheelbarrows, washboards, and soapstone griddles. It’s one of the few stores we know to offer full-size cotton teepees for camping, as well as a wooden rocking boat (a dory-shaped crib for baby). Foodwise, the inventory includes Vermont salad dressings, mustards, and herbal vinegars as well as a good supply of boutique beers. Of course there are local cheddar rounds, cracker-barrel crackers, and all sorts of maple syrup products. The item we like best is ham: maple-cured and slow-smoked over corn cobs and apple wood. Whole and half hams are available, as well as two-pound packs of unspeakably delicious maple-pepper bacon. There’s also smoked turkey – whole or by the pound.

If you don’t have plans to visit Woodstock, Gillingham & Sons can send you anything by mail. In addition to web-site shopping, there are printed catalogs available.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Gillingham's has been serving the people of Woodstock since 1886. It is Vermont's oldest General Store; its motto: Your money's worth or your money back.
"Gillingham's has been serving the people of Woodstock since 1886. It is Vermont's oldest General Store; its motto: Your money's worth or your money back."
Michael Stern





The vast selection of beers includes a long shelf of Vermont's own colorfully-labeled brews.
"The vast selection of beers includes a long shelf of Vermont's own colorfully-labeled brews."
Michael Stern


Here is one small fraction of the local cheeses available.
"Here is one small fraction of the local cheeses available."
Michael Stern


Gillingham & Sons offers a vast array of maple syrups, in four differing grades: fancy (very refined and light-flavored), medium amber (more robust), dark amber (very robust), and hearty (intensely mapley).
"Gillingham & Sons offers a vast array of maple syrups, in four differing grades: fancy (very refined and light-flavored), medium amber (more robust), dark amber (very robust), and hearty (intensely mapley)."
Michael Stern


Gillingham & Sons is a joy to browse because it is huge and you never know what you'll see. Here is a selection of walking sticks.
"Gillingham & Sons is a joy to browse because it is huge and you never know what you'll see. Here is a selection of walking sticks."
Michael Stern



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