Where It All Began…

Teachout-Orton Store

This is the country store that inspired Vrest Orton to open The Vermont Country Store in 1946. It belonged to Vrest’s father, Gardner Lyman Orton and grandfather, Melvin Teachout. Like country stores of its time, the Teachout/Orton store served as the heart of its community, a place where folks met for a round of checkers and stocked up on essentials like Vermont cheddar cheese, a scoop or two of common crackers, or sweet treats from the penny candy counter. That store is gone now—in fact, the town of North Calais no longer exists as a separate township—but you can still enjoy many of the store’s original light fixtures and display cases in our Weston store. The fond memories Vrest had growing up in his family’s store served him well when he designed The Vermont Country Store, which is still a vital part of Weston, Vermont, to this day.

 

7 Responses to “Where It All Began…”

  1. Myrna

    Thank you for your TOUR. I have shopped from your e-catalog since late 1980s. Haven’t done much shopping but I do appreciate the history of your TOUR. Maybe all establishments should advertise their history.

  2. BEA HANKINS

    I LOVE YOUR STORE AND THE HISTORY OF ITS BEGINNING. I WAS THERE IN THE FALL OF 1988. WAS SO REWARDING TO BE THERE. A DREAM COME TRUE TO VISIT YOUR STORE. I FELL IN LOVE WITH YOUR STATE. I GREW UP ON A FARM AND STILL LOVE SMALL TOWN LIFE. BORN AND RAISED IN SOUTH EASTERN WY AND BEEN IN CA SINCE 1966. ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR NEXT CATALOG AND THE BEAUTIFUL COVER PAGE PLUS ALL THE GOODIES YOU HAVE TO OFFER. THANK YOU.

  3. Kathleen Bogutski

    Wonderfull story.
    We have a family business
    Three generations.

  4. Donald Nelson

    I am sure that my aunt and uncle,who had a farm in Manchester Depot,VT frequently visited the Vermont Country Store.I have ordered items from you down through the years—in fact for Christmas 2008 I had the Password game sent to a friend in California from your store!The men’s pajamas which I ordered from you during the winter of 2014-2015 are still in excellent condition!I certainly want to thank you once again!

  5. Gloria noles

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  6. Ruth Anne

    I have ordered many things from your online store and have been pleased with every purchase! I hope we can visit your store in Vermont very soon.