Posted on December 20, 2012 by Indiana's Cool North
Pierceton bills itself as the “antique town,” because it boasts a number of antique stores. But I think it’s also a good description for the old-time hometown experience Pierceton offers to visitors along First Street.
Make your first stop the Blue Pearl; owner David Taylor serves as a sort of unofficial concierge of Pierceton so can tell you everything you want to know about the town. The store specializes in Indiana/Hoosier salon artwork, 18th-century to contemporary furnishings, and vintage jewelry. We found pretties including a vintage daisy-decorated hat (just $10) to an exquisite cabochon bracelet for $26,000 (gulp!).
In addition to fine antique stores such as Sydow’s and the Village Antique Gallerie, we found another fascinating spot: Jas. Townsend and Sons. This is where Ben Franklin would shop if he were alive. It’s full of reproduction period costumes, weaponry and home items sought out by reenactors and movie houses. We learned that Johnny Depp wore items from the store in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Where best to eat in an antiques town, but an antique restaurant! Just a stone’s throw from First Street, Old Train Depot—housed in a circa-1867 train depot—is a charming restaurant, bar and banquet facility with a nostalgic vibe. Owned by Patricia Knott, the brick depot was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad, but these days it’s your ticket to fun dining. You can belly up to the handcrafted bar for a local beer, or take a seat by the fireplace or in the family dining room for salads, sandwiches and pasta.
All those antique stores within several blocks and drinks in an old depot make Pierceton a great place to step back in time!