THE BETHEL JOURNALS—BUNNY KIMBALL’S ROADSIDE MUSEUM, STORE AND OLD STOVES

According to the Kimballs, the secret in old stoves is the method used by the old stove makers – made of cast iron obtained directly from pig iron the stove distributes its heat extremely well – “wood heat is penetrating like the sun”.  Many of the old stoves were made with decorative moldings cast into the stoves sections – adding a lot to their present day appeal. The Kimballs claim that the old stoves attracted over 200,000 people the first five years they had stoves displayed in yard sale fashion – people from as far away as Florida, California and Canada were stopping.  A couple from Ontario was browsing through a room of collectibles while we were there.

Since Route 2 was rebuilt a few years ago it is much more difficult for the casual traveler to stop as they cannot just pull over to the side of the road and park. We parked in the Kimball driveway but the number of cars able to just pull over is down to only one or two.

More there than just stoves too – one room had a sideboard like one my parents; this one was loaded with glass ware and bottles. I saw some milk bottles but none from Riverside Farms. In one of the old buses, there is a sizable collection of old telephone wire insulators. Another  class of goodies that one sees is furniture – bookcases, sideboards, tables, and on – most of what I saw come from the era of my grandparents – the old time classics.

Kimball’s Antiques is one of the most interesting places to browse in the town of Bethel – may be a best kept secret.

Stopping by Bunny Kimball’s Store in West Bethel

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