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Presents from the Past

An old barn becomes a home for antiques and fun gifts in Portsmouth.

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Denys Eftekhar began her search for the perfect place to set up shop after moving to Rhode Island in 2001. After ten years, she found perfection in Cory Farms, a two-acre farm built in 1849 in Portsmouth. After renovating the main farmhouse, Denys’ dream became a reality and Cory Farms Past and Presents opened in 2011.

Denys aimed to make Cory Farms a space people feel comfortable to hang out in, so the main farmhouse is set up like a home where each room has its own theme. She has an impressive assortment of gifts and home decor from near and far. “I really pride myself on shopping both made locally and made in the USA,” Denys says. “Also I shop in Europe a lot for antiques and new items.”

My personal favorite room is the nautical room. There are some pretty unique items such as a collection of coastal x-ray art prints by Radiant Art Studios. There’s also a kids room in the shop with nice “back to basics” toys – most made from organic or eco-friendly materials – as well as a country library, a formal dining room and a vintage kitchen. Cory Farms also has two additional buildings: a back barn that is an antique gallery with wonderful grandfather clocks and antique tools, as well as a barn holding a collection of antique tractors and cars.

Now that the weather’s warming up, head down to homey Cory Farms and keep an eye out for events Denys is hosting!

Cory Farms Past and Present
3124 E. Main Road, Portsmouth
401-683-3124