195 Main S., Montgomery Center, Vermont, 05471, United States
Good for: Business
195 Mountain Road-Route 242, Montgomery Center, Montgomery Center, Vermont, 05471, United States
Good for: Families
PO Box 231, Montgomery Center, Vermont, 05471, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
Actually, about everything to do with Montgomery Center could be considered "off the beaten path". However, I believe that Kilgore's General Store warrants a special mention.
When we visited in 1998, they were just getting started. A retired policeman and his wife had bought the place, and were busily turning it into something straight out the history pages. Sixty years ago, small general stores could be found all over America. They met the needs of the locals in many, many ways. This was a place that you could get your prescriptions filled, have an ice cream cone, get some twine for around the house and maybe even buy some food for your pony. In some ways, they were unique and individual little micro-ancestors of what spiraled hopeless out of control and became Wal-Mart.
Kilgore's, to my recollection, is not in the pharmaceuticals business. But, they've got an ice cream fountain. They sell all sorts of snacks, both commercial and more old-fashioned, including cookies in a jar. And, the thing I remember the most was the antique shop upstairs. This wasn't a snooty hoi polloi place with pieces well overpriced. And, it wasn't a collection of garbage either. It was kind of like a pleasing little flea market.
I ended up buying a lovely watercolor, frame and all, for $20. It is approximately 18 x 12, and shows a small Austrian or Swiss farm scene, with the mountains in the background. The signature on the painting credits it to Fritz RothfuB. It is dated 1947. It now resides in my office at the hospital.
Anyway, head on over to Kilgore's if you're in the vicinity. If nothing more, have an old-fashioned soda fountain float and "sit a spell".
The general store is located in Montgomery Center, VT at 91 Main Street. (Somehow, you knew that a place like this would be on Main Street) Main Street in Montgomery Center is the alter ego of Vermont State Highway 58, which enters and exits Montgomery Center as the only main thoroughfare.