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The Book Barn Tea Room and Book Shop, Ridgefield, Connecticut, interior, RPPC, postcard front. Although no tea service is shown and the table is covered with books, the message on the back identifies the Book Barn as a book-shop-themed tea room. It was built in 1900 and functioned as a private dwelling with an attached book shop tea room until the mid 1940s. The structure still stands on its 3 acre property at 7 Wilton Road West and was put up for sale in 2020 as an estate, which it surely is.
The Book Barn Tea Room and Book Shop, Riegefield, Connecticut, interior, RPPC, postcard back. The message reads, "Dear Vic — The car ran beautifully coming home and we got home before dark, even stopping off at this tea room, called the "Book Barn." It is an old barn that someone has fixed up by putting in a fireplace and lining it with plaster board between the beams, but so all the hand hewn beams sow, and there are books everywhere. You'd love it."
The Book Barn Tea Room and Book Shop, Ridgefield, Connecticut, interior, RPPC, postcard front. When the Book Barn and it s accompanying structures were listed on the real estate market in 220, the following information was supplied by the realtor: "Historical gem built in 1900. The Book Barn was in existence until the mid 1940s -- well loved and with much documented history. Out of towners and locals alike visited the Book Barn to browse the book collection, have tea, and mingle with other book lovers. Many original details, board and batten siding, rustic beams, vaulted ceilings, wideboard floors, built-ins, nooks. Three fireplaces including floor to ceiling fieldstone fireplace in the Book Barn, now part of the main house. Three staircases with one leading to the "secret room." Large living areas include family room with walls of windows, living room with barn wood, granite fireplace and, of course, the Barn -- truly a Great Room, plus master bedroom with oversized picture window with views. Originally two barns put together to form the residence. New additions include screened porch. CHARM CHARM CHARM complete with 3 acres in a storybook setting -- rolling lawns, glens, stone walls, brook, mature trees. Absolutely lovely. Sits on Route 33 bordering Ridgefield and Wilton within minutes to both town centers. One hour to NYC. The extraordinary home is waiting for the special buyer to restore to its original glory. Don't miss. Worth a look. This is essentially an estate. It will be sold mostly as is, but we do know the roof needs to be replaced and there is some water damage on some of the plaster walls. Please note: The number on the mailbox is #1093 on Ridgefield Road (RT 33) and 80% of the property sits in Ridgefield. The Town of Ridgefield has assigned it an address of #7 Wilton Road West, however the number on the mailbox reads 1093 Ridgefield Road." I hope some book and tea room lover with a fat bank roll buys it and restores its glory. The world needs a Book Barn Tea Room!
The Book Barn Tea Room and Book Shop, Riegefield, Connecticut, interior, RPPC, postcard back. Postally used in 1941; the message concerns lumber camps inn Maine.

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