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Conn. tourism agency creating new antiques trail

State tourism officials are urging antiques dealers and auction houses to participate in the new statewide Connecticut Antiques Trail website.

Qualified dealers and auction houses have until March 10 to submit information about their businesses in order to receive a free listing on the website. The site will be part of the state's official tourism website, www.CTvisit.com .

Connecticut lawmakers last year passed legislation requiring the Department of Economic and Community Development, which oversees tourism, to develop a trail identifying where antiques are sold throughout Connecticut. The trail was introduced in legislation by Woodbury State Senator Rob Kane, whose idstrict also includes Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Roxbury and Washington.  Under the new law, the map must include major antiques dealers, communities with high concentrations of antiques dealers and auction houses with annual sales of more than $1 million.

To participate in the trail, antiques dealers and action houses should email Jean.Hebert@ct.gov or call 860-256-2739.

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