Hidden Barn Gift Shop


“Old Ridgefield” column by Jack Sanders, The Ridgefield Press, 10/25/2001

Hidden Barn Gift Shop was a gift and antiques shop operated from a red barn at the north end of the Ridgefield Shopping Center, then more commonly known as the Grand Union shopping center; address was [old numbering system] 144 Main Street; operated by Carolyn and Herman Koch; later became Hickory & Tweed ski shop; burned down around 1971.

Jack Sanders

By Jack Sanders

A Fairfield County native and graduate of Holy Cross, Jack Sanders retired in 2014 after 45 years as an editor of The Ridgefield Press. He’s written nine books on history and natural history, including Wicked Ridgefield, Ridgefield Chronicles, Hidden History of Ridgefield published by The History Press, The Secrets of Wildflowers (Lyons Press), Hedgemaids and Fairy Candles (McGraw-Hill), and Five Village Walks (Ridgefield Historical Society). He also created and administers the 10-year-old Old Ridgefield group on Facebook, which has more than 6,000 followers. He and his wife, Sally, a retired newspaper editor who is on the board of the Ridgefield Historical Society, live in a 250-year old farmhouse in Ridgefield.