Old Avon Village was created in the early
1960s when four old homes at the intersection of
Routes 44 and 10/202 in Avon were converted for
retail shops. Over the next 25 years, the neighboring
old homes, barns, carriage house and farm buildings
were moved, removed, converted,
added onto and refurbished to create a thriving
retail and commercial business district.
Today, Old Avon Village consists of 18 buildings,
some dating to the 1830s, and all reflecting the scale
and coziness of yesteryear. The 50 businesses that
'live' in The Village cater to the needs of the
customers of today. A friendly smile and personalized
service that only come from years of experience
brighten each business more than any big-box, national
retailer could ever dream possible.
Around 1960, Old Avon Village became home to the Giant Rocking Chair. It was
no longer needed at a furniture store in Elmwood, Connecticut, so Mrs. Jerry
DiBica, then owner of 'The Spinning Jenny,' brought it to its new home
in Avon, and it has enticed passersby ever since. The 9-foot high Giant
Rocking Chair has been an important landmark for Old Avon Village.
Directions to Old Avon Village are not complete without "...turn in at the
Giant Rocking Chair."