Historical society's antiques market makes 30th appearance Sunday

The Wilton Historical Society will play host to its 30th annual Fall Antiques Market this Sunday, Oct. 26, bringing 90 specialized vendors to the Wilton High School field house from 9 to 5 that day.

“It’s a cliché, but there really is something for everyone,” Historical Society Director Leslie Nolan said of the market. “These are functional, beautiful pieces with a history.”

Included among the vendors are antiques shops from Wilton, like Maria and Peter Warren Antiques, and around the region, like Barbara Peter Antiques of Long Island, and Doug Ramsay Antiques of Hadley, Mass.

The market is produced in conjunction with Barn Star Productions, which sets up the field house for the market.

Many of the items, Ms. Nolan said, would be considered museum-quality pieces. In fact, a buyer from the American Folk Art museum is planning on attending, she said.

“These are museum pieces, and they can give you so much pleasure. These objects are functional and made in America. They really show you how this country was made and built.”

When you purchase a timeless antique, Ms. Nolan said, it’s something that will stay with you for years to come.

“These pieces will last because they are treasures. You can pass them on to the next generation and be sure they will be appreciated.”

A cocktail reception for Historical Society board members and vendors will be held Saturday night from 5 to 6:30. The reception is sponsored by University Archives, a local document and autograph dealer that’s been a consistent supporter of the society.

Supporting the society

A portion of the booth fees from every vendor in attendance goes to support the historical society’s educational outreach programs, which include school field trips and barn-raising days.

Events like this, Ms. Nolan said, help expand the offerings of the society.

“We want to give a broader spectrum of program offerings, and we would like to open it to other schools,” she said. “We hope our programs give children and adults a better understanding of how people lived, thrived, and didn’t thrive during times earlier in Wilton’s history.”

What sets the society apart from other historical education centers, the director said, is its long-time dedication to hands-on learning.

“We’re different because we try to make it hands-on. The kids get to go home with something, whether its something they embroidered, or a candle they made. This experience allows them to get a deeper understanding of the work involved in making those items,” she said.