Wednesday, August 27, 2014

West Cornwall Scenery, Shopping & More

There are many reasons to visit the bucolic village of West Cornwall.  The West Cornwall Covered Bridge is a wooden lattice truss bridge built around 1864 that spans the Housatonic River.  This is one of two bridges that can actually be crossed by auto traffic.  Many visitors to West Cornwall take photos of this iconic covered bridge.

In the heart of the village there are several interesting shops to explore.  Cornwall Bridge Pottery owned by Todd Piker, one of the country's most prolific potters produces high quality wood fired pots for everyday use.  In his shop you will find lamps, planters, mugs, plates, bowls and much more.  In addition to pottery, you will also find an official Shaker Furniture Room.
If you are a book lover, don't miss Barbara Farnsworth Bookseller  This shop is located in an old masonic hall and has over 45,000 books !  There are large selections in literature, biography, poetry, diaries and letters, art, architecture, photography, fashion and costume, natural history, cookbooks, children's books, and many other categories.
The Wish House is a gorgeous shop that offers a wide array of gift items and clothes.  The gallery at the Wish House exhibits the artwork of local artists and hosts author events.  The West Cornwall Farmers Market is also held here on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through October.

On Saturday, August 10 from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., The Wish House is hosting a book signing with Cornwall Author and Illustrator Valorie Fisher and her new children's book I CAN DO IT MYSELF to benefit the Cornwall Child Center.  This beautifully illustrated book is the ideal all-in-one concept book for children, teaching them how to tie their shoes, brush their teeth, and much more. Award-winning author-illustrator Fisher uses bright, gorgeous photos to illustrate these topics in a completely fresh way, which is sure to delight parents and their children who are newly reveling in the joy of independence.

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