Swan Tavern Antiques has relocated from historic Yorktown to a building on Route 17, just north of 17 Plaza, Ordinary.
Mary Peebles, who owns the business with her husband David Peebles, said the building they were leasing from the National Park Service needed renovations and the federal agency wanted them to move out for the work and then move back about a year later. “That was too much work,” she said, so they have decided to make Ordinary the full-time home for their business, which specializes in sales of American and English furniture.
Most items offered for sale are at least 100 years old, Peebles said, and some date from 1840 and even earlier.
Furniture is often one-of-a-kind pieces, Peebles said, including some made by craftsmen in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Each craftsman had his own style, and people residing in different areas used different woods for antique furniture—many Virginians favored walnut and mahogany, while those from Ohio prefe...
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