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Charlestown, Rhode Island

The Fantastic Umbrella Factory

250-year-old farm now features sculptures, a petting zoo and a hippy-bazaar. 

Originally opened in 1760, the Fantastic Umbrella Factory is actually a small farm near the coast of Rhode Island and was opened as a plant nursery, petting zoo and gift-bazaar during the 1960s.

Today, the Umbrella Factory is a favorite among Rhode-Islanders who stop by the strange, tiny farm to check out the bizarre statuary and above all to go shopping. Comprised of a series of old barns, the Umbrella Factory bazaar sells international goods including blown glass, Halloween costumes and organic foods, all created locally by farmers and artists around the property.

Since opening, the Umbrella Factory has also gained renown in the area for its plant baskets that they nurse and then sell. Known for its DIY vibes, the farm has survived 40 years of a bumpy economy and even a fire on the property, and has remained one of the best-hidden gems of Rhode Island.

Know Before You Go

Rt. 1 south toward Westerly- turn on to Old Post Road (across the divider. There's a sign for the police station at the cross over) and look sharply to the left after a mile or so.
It's easy to miss, but there's a brick yard across the street.