established 1893

For more than a century, S. Y. Wilson’s has stood at the center of Arlington’s commercial and social life. Founded in 1893, it is the second-oldest continuously operating business in the county. Today, Susan Wilson Hoggard, a fourth generation descendent of founder Samuel Young Wilson, and her husband, Mark, run the S. Y. Wilson & Company Antique and Artisan Market at the old location on Depot Square. The historic store offers antique booths and craft displays on the main level and museum-quality exhibits on the mezzanine. In 1912, when Samuel Wilson raised the current building, it was a general store that stocked the necessities that took customers from cradle to grave. In fact, the mezzanine displays one of the store’s original baby carriages, now 80 years old. You’ll find aged wooden caskets in the attic. Wilson’s has its original f loors, walls and ceilings. In the 1960s, the store stopped selling clothing and food and became a true hardware store. Susan, who bought it in 1994, initially ran it as a garden center before settling on the current format. Wilson’s retains its general-store charm. You can still buy country candy and soft drinks, galvanized washtubs and baskets. You can play checkers on the porch. Stop by S. Y. Wilson & Company Antique and Artisan Market, and see what its antique vendors and artisans have to offer you.

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