Why Rogues’ Hollow Antiques?

People often ask us how we came up with our store name?

Rogues’ Hollow Antiques was inspired by the book, Rogues’ Hollow, the story of the village of Newburgh, Ontario through its buildings, by Peter John Stokes and Tom Cruickshank (now sadly out of print).* The book documents the history of the surviving 19th century hamlet through its buildings, many of which survive today.

Old Newburgh

Newburgh is off the beaten track and is located on the Napanee River north-west of Kingston. According to its authors, the local agricultural population created a demand for industrial and commercial services as early as 1824 and the village was incorporated in 1858. Previously, the area had been known as, “The Hollow or Rogues’ Hollow, but at Dr. I.B . Aylesworth’s suggestion (a prominent citizen), the more respectable name of “Newburgh” was adopted”. Although the village suffered an economic decline in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many of its buildings remain, including the original Academy (with its distinctive cupola featured in our current logo), the limestone Hooper’s Mill, and Anglican Church (now private residences), the United Church (still in operation today) and Victorian brick residences, many of which were built after the first of five major fires destroyed some of the buildings between 1864-1887.

As proud owners of some of the village’s original and older buildings, we thought it only fitting to name our antique store after the hamlet’s original namesake, Rogues’ Hollow. The store is located on Main St. in what was once the former Newburgh Post Office. The charming wood frame building was constructed around 1900 and still features the original walls and ceiling in tongue and groove pine. There is also an old post office wicket at the back of the store which serves as our cash register.

If you would like to know more about Newburgh come and visit. Check out other stores in the area, such as: Hawk Vale Antiques and Old Stuff; Newburgh Gallery (featuring artistic services, an art school and art gallery); when you’re hungry you can stop for lunch at Abram’s Bakery & Ice Cream Parlour, a family run business which serves everything from pastries and fresh breads to sandwiches, fresh pizza made to order and icecream. If you’re looking for a spectacular day of entertainment check out the popular Art Among the Ruins event on Sat. June 16th, 2018 from 10am-4pm. This exquisite large outdoor art show and sale is set among the picturesque ruins of a 19th century mill beside the rapids of the Napanee River. It features local artists showcasing juried-quality paintings, sculpture, mosaic tile, fibre, wood, paper, photography & more! Admission is free and includes live music and a BBQ lunch available to purchase. Check out Newburgh’s facebook page for more information about the hamlet.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

*Rogue’s Hollow, the story of the village of Newburgh, Ontario through its buildings, editer and contributor, Peter John Stokes, writing, research and illustration by Tom Cruickshank, assisted by Robert Heaslip. Published by The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Inc. Toronto 1983

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