Items of Interest: Antiques
(From I-495 (Beltway): Exit 33, 2 miles North on Connecticut Avenue.
Left on Howard Ave.)
Close-in Kensington, Maryland (just off Connecticut Avenue Beltway exit west), is a good destination for antique hunters.
Located in a several block area in a former Victorian railroad community centered on Howard Avenue, Kensington boasts many quirky shops and a neighborhood of distinguished Victorian properties.
The shops, located in individual buildings and in multi-shop "malls", offer items ranging from quality antiques to nostalgic items you will remember from your grandmother's house and your past! This is a good place to find the proverbial "diamond in the rough" as the shops are not all spit and polish.
Scattered throughout the shops are vendors who offer gifts, jewelry, and country reproductions in addition to antiques.
One shop offers excellent light fixtures - sconces, lamps, and chandeliers, mostly from the early twentieth century. There is also a village "tearoom" offering sandwiches and beverages.
Dealers here seem to come and go, so on a return visit you may not find the same dealers as an earlier trip.
Take some time to explore the residential neighborhood bordering the Kensington Antique District. Here you will find Victorian cottage style homes as well as larger Victorian houses complete with gables, porches, and "gingerbread" trim.