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The Woodstock Railroad

The Woodstock Railroad

* In celebration of our family's ties to the Woodstock Railway Company, F.H. Gillingham & Sons introduces a line of t-shirts in honor of our railroad history. Stop by our store for adult and youth shirts, available in railroad gray or black, short or long-sleeved. Pulling into the station shortly: conductor hats and caps! * The Woodstock Railroad, a 13.88-mile track, transported passengers, goods, and freight between White River Junction - a true railroad village, and Woodstock, Vermont – an idyllic shire town. Beginning in 1875, the first of these trips took place, scenic for some, and necessary for others,...

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Summer in Woodstock, Vermont

Summer in Woodstock, Vermont

Summer in Woodstock, Vermont: Lazy Days, Lakes, Flip Flops, Farms, Mountains, Biking, Hiking, Hammocks, Pie & Ice Cream, Puzzles, Camping, Sunshine, Gardening, Sunsets, Barbecues, Movies, Fireworks, Sunglasses, Thunderstorms, Hot Air Balloons, Covered Bridges, Smiles & Giggles, Fishing, Grilling, S'mores...and F.H. Gillingham & Sons. Peruse our store's summer-inspired photo gallery and visit soon. F.H. Gillingham & Sons is located at 16 Elm Street in Woodstock, Vermont.  Since 1886 in New England's quintessential village often called "the prettiest small town in America." A truly unbelievable Vermont general store experience. Featured on television on WGBH's  "Weekends with Yankee" and recently spotlighted in Yankee Magazine, The Boston...

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The Making of "Our" Home

The Making of "Our" Home

“The Making of Home” by Judith Flanders has found its own home in our store’s nail bins, which now have the role of a bookcase. The book traces the 500-year history of home; its structural physicality, its décor and belongings, its rituals and traditions, but moreover how “house” becomes “home.” As many of you have gathered, history and home is an important part of our store’s breath and heartbeat. Walking through our vast, original 1810 brick and mortar structure elevates your soul to a total euphoria of contentment, perhaps a bit of melancholy, but in reality a happiness that is...

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Revive your love for the sock monkey, and all the retro toys from your childhood...

Revive your love for the sock monkey, and all the retro toys from your childhood...

The world of stuffed or plush toys most likely began in 1880s Germany. A well-known company, Steiff, invented the teddy bear in early 1900. The gray work sock with the red and white heel was housed in every male’s dresser drawer during the roaring ‘20s. Subsequently, your mother and grandmother introduced to the household, homespun toys fabricated from socks, and most notably from “the sock”. The mill that initially manufactured this tri-color invention, patented in 1915, rose to fame when they included instructions for the “Sock Monkey” with each pair sold. Thanks to Nelson Knitting Mills of Rockford, Illinois, we,...

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Foraging for Winter Comfort

Foraging for Winter Comfort

Deep in the mountains of Vermont, winter snows blanket our landscape creating a silvery close-knit feeling for, us, the shepherds of this beautiful state. Venturing outside, we smell the sweet scent of freshly fallen powder– crisp, bright, and cold. We hear the sound of snowflakes, perfect little dendrites – like the quiet whisper of a distant secret. The temperatures, brisk, cloak us, nearly taking our breath away. We delight in this calm feeling of existence, as we search for sustenance, nourishment, and provisions – for mind, body and soul. It is with excitement, and possibly greed, that we forage, so-to-speak,...

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