Ellington Antiques Owner Discovering History Of Business Location
ELLINGTON – Not only can you find antiques at 748 Park St. in the town of Ellington, but you can discover history.
Ron Robertson, Ellington Antiques owner, opened the antique store in the town square six years ago. The building location had previously been a massage therapy business, which also sold Amish goods and antiques. Prior to that, the building was the town’s library.
Robertson opened the business after retiring from a lengthy career in banking and then running a housing complex in Jamestown. An antiques collector for years, Robertson said 75 percent of his inventory when he opened the business came from his own collection. At Ellington Antiques people can buy antique glassware, furniture, books, art, records, pottery, vintage clothing, kitchenware, rugs and jewelry.
”I love the customers. That is the best thing about this,” he said. ”You never know who you’re going to meet. Last week, an opera singer and his mother were in here.”
Robertson said when he discovered the building where his business is located was up for sale, he just had to buy it. He knew several people who lived in the town square, so he would often visit the area.
”I just love this building,” he said.
Robertson’s love for the building has led him to research its history. The building dates back to 1834. He said it is the oldest standing structure in the town. Through the years, the building has been a grange hall, a post office, a general store and a community building.
”The building, because there is a stage upstairs, was used for band practice when there was a fire at the school,” he said.
The historic building’s aura leads those who visit the building to discuss the history of it and the town.
”People come in all the time to tell me something about the building, which leads them to talk about history of the town,” he said.
Robertson said his new focus is to learn about the people who have lived in the historic building. He doesn’t have far to go to learn the history. He said he goes to the town’s library, which is next door, and looks through local history books to research the 1834 building.
For those interested in antiques or discovering the historic building, the business is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.