Campground Owner Ties Venture to Antique Trade
A 14-acre property in Bouckville, N.Y., once the site of a Mott’s Apple Cider Co. factory and located next to the historic Chenango Canal, has evolved into a full-service campground, antique store and showfield.
Jim Dutcher, 52, purchased the property, formerly known as Bono’s Field, last year and has made several improvements, he told Woodall’s Campground Management. He renamed the site Cider House Antique Store, Showfield and Campground. The campground opened for the season on Memorial Day weekend.
Located on Route 20 southeast of Syracuse, the adjacent campground now features a new bathhouse, an expanded 32-foot by 192-foot show pavilion and 24 full-service sites. The campground also offers a playground, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard and a putting green.
The campground is a short walk from downtown Bouckville, a town of 150 population which balloons every summer to 40,000 during the annual Madison Bouckville Antique Week. This year’s show is set for Aug. 15-21.
The antique store is what is known as a group shop, featuring rustic and Victorian furniture, art textiles, fishing, sports memorabilia, jewelry, clocks and affordable accessories of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Dutcher is on the board of the association that runs the antique event. He hopes the town’s appeal to antique enthusiasts will aid his campground business.
His campground’s website is www.ciderhouseantiques.com.
He is in partnership with his son, Greg.
A lifelong resident of the area, Dutcher said this is his first venture into the campground business.
“We’re having a lot of fun doing this,” he said. “We think it’s going to be a good venture.”