A fixture on the Common in Petersham, MA, I have fond memories of walking over for (what else) a treat of ice cream. We were visiting, on vacation, but I can also remember occasionally buying some grocery items. In addition, the store provided a meeting spot, the small town social hub for the locals.
Built in 1840, the store was said to be the oldest continuously in operation in the US when it closed a couple of years ago. I hadn’t been back East in ages, but it was hard to imagine Petersham without The Country Store.
Fortunately it’s open again, although a bit different from my memories. More upscale was the first thought that came to mind. Lots of local goods and farm-to-table type stuff, yay! No ice cream though, boo. They’ll have to do something about that!
The building is now owned by the East Quabbin Land Trust, a preservation society, and a local couple runs the store. It’s relatively recent that they’d reopened, the community seems very glad to have The Store again, I hope they make a go of it.
There will be a festival to benefit the store on Saturday, July 26.