Just 90 miles north of New York City is a quaint, artist-rich town, full of history and antique treasures. Kingston, New York, is the county seat of Ulster County, where painters, home restorations and sculptors are flocking from the city. Last year, the city gained notoriety for the red goats painted across landmarks in protest of government actions. Even musicians and activists have discovered the city — Pete Seeger docks his famed Sloop Clearwater ship here along the Hudson River.
After 40 years in Manhattan, one well-known shop relocated to this vibrant town to sell antique iron and wood pieces. Owner Rebekah Milne heads up the shop her parents founded, Milne’s At Home Antiques and Gallery, which is filled with items from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.
On a recent trip, I met co-owner Rebekah, whose parents James and Judy Milne opened Milne’s. The family’s antiquing tradition has spread to Rebekah, who chats with local customers like they’re old friends. Judy has been featured on Martha Stewart Living advising Martha on antique weathervane collections.
There’s a sense of fun throughout the shop — from the display of a huge antique bicycle to the colorful fabrics threaded into quilts stacked high.
Rebekah says she’s grateful to pass on the family story of collecting beautiful items and sharing their stories with customers around the country. Items can also be rented and the owners are available for wedding and event design assistance.
Visit the Shop
81 Broadway in Kingston, New York
Tuesday to Thursday, Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
Friday and Saturday 11 am – 7 pm