History of Stafford’s Gallery
Formerly Longton Hall Antiques, Stafford’s Gallery was a natural addition to the Perry Hotel (which is located adjacent to the Gallery).
The Gallery was originally an icehouse in the 1930s. Ice from Little Traverse Bay would be brought in and cut into large pieces and delivered to homes and shops for refrigeration. From there, it became Petoskey Packing Company where meat was packaged. Years later, it was an ice cream plant called Martin’s Ice Cream. In 1969, the building became an antique shop and remained so until 2007. Antiques were purchased from London, Scotland and throughout the United States.
Stafford’s Gallery offers a look back into Petoskey’s olden days. Guests today, can still walk through the freezer doors of the icehouse and look into different rooms that still have the original glazed block walls, ice chutes and delivery entrances.
These characteristics make the perfect backdrop for displaying artwork as well as the Hall of History room, showcasing a collection of photos and artifacts representing the history of downtown Petoskey from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, with an emphasis on the 22 hotels that were once located in Downtown Petoskey.
Stafford’s Gallery showcases 38 Michigan artists, featuring a variety of mediums including: Watercolors, oils, photography, sculptures, jewelry, original and limited edition prints, gifts, accessories and exquisite antiques.