Welcome to Kent Barns in the village of Kent, Connecticut. Please come and enjoy the shops, galleries, restaurants and other businesses occupying more than a dozen buildings, including six restored or re-built historic barns, all of which are easily accessible by foot or by car from Main Street (Route 7) and from Maple Street (Route 341).
Kent, Connecticut is beautifully situated in the hills of Litchfield County, an ideal place in any season to spend time browsing in our shops, to linger at our cafes for coffee, tea or a meal, and we invite you to meander through Kent Barns as you enjoy the great variety of activities on offer in the Litchfield Hills.
Conceived as an organic extension of the village, Kent Barns was built starting in 1999 by James E. Preston and designed by Matthew Preston. In 2014, the complex was bought by several Kent residents, including Hiram Williams who undertook an extensive renovation of the landscaping, and began the restoration of historic buildings on Main Street. Fulling Lane was opened to through-traffic thereby connecting Kent Barns directly to Main Street and furthering the goal of knitting the complex into the village fabric. In the spring of 2016 landscaping began in earnest with the planting of many trees, plants, and the addition of more places to sit and walk.