Lured by the “charming, historic town of Middleburg,” nationally-known antiques dealer Taylor Thistlethwaite recently opened Thistlethwaite Americana on West Washington Street.
In 2020, Thistlethwaite, 35, and his wife moved from Alexandria to Upperville. After spending the last year exploring the area, Thistlethwaite said he noticed an open storefront in Middleburg and thought it would be the perfect location to open a shop — something he had considered doing but had yet to do since launching his business in 2013.
As the youngest dealer to be accepted to The Winter Show — a prestigious art, antiques, and design fair, held in New York — in the past 30 years, Thistlethwaite is also a vendor at some of the country’s top antique shows, including The Delaware Antique Show and The Philadelphia Antique Show.
Thistlethwaite said transitioning to a 1,100-square-foot brick-and-mortar showroom will provide a more accessible format that reaches a broader customer base.
“We have museum-grade to great pieces to start your collection,” he said. “The thing I love about this business is every piece has a great story.”
Growing up in Kentucky, his interest in antiques was formed at an early age from family members who were fond of exploring antique stores.
“My parents and my grandparents were collectors and formed great relationships with antique dealers,” he said.
While a student at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, he spent summers working for the well-known antiques dealer Sumpter Priddy III in his Alexandria showroom.
After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a masters in historic preservation, he worked for an auction house in Nashville, Tennessee.
He found that his real passion is working as a dealer and selling pieces of Americana from the 18th century through the 20th century.
“I hunt and find well curated material with a focus on high quality. I’m not the traditional antiques dealer. I enjoy bringing great material from all over the country,” he said.
Thistlethwaite said he’s excited to be in Middleburg and to be a part of the community.
“I enjoy being in a community where people are so excited to talk about the history and learn,” Thistlethwaite said.
The store is located at 116 W. Washington Street in Middleburg. Hours of operation are Thursday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday by chance or appointment, he said.