History

The Little Station is a charming little gift shop occupying a vintage filling station and ice house located at Beech Tree Cottages on Route One in the shoreline town of Madison, CT.

Beech Tree Cottages is set within a three-acre landscaped estate housing eight seasonal cottages available for nightly or weekly stays, and offers guests a unique alternative to the hotel experience. Originally built in the 1930s as a seaside retreat, the cottages are a modern take on a vintage American travel tradition. And, they are just a stones throw away from Connecticut’s best beaches including Hammonasset Beach State Park and three beautiful Madison Town Beaches.

The Little Station was originally operated by the property’s previous owners, Edmund and Christine Joecks, who built and ran the then Seaview Cabins and later Colonial Motel on the site from the 1950s to the 1980s. After the safe removal of the Esso fuel tanks in the 1970s, The Little Station’s garage and ice house buildings were left to the weather, and eventually the cabins felt to the same stress.

In 1997, Craig and Linda Talmadge purchased the distressed property at 1187 Boston Post Road and re-opened the seasonal cabins to guests in the summer of 2000 as Beech Tree Cottages. Over the past several years, the Talmadge’s and their children, have restored and renovated the main house, seven cottage buildings, and three acre grounds through months of dedication, hard work and elbow grease.

Opened for the 2012 season, The Little Station now houses a shop offering general goods, vintage finds and modern charm; plus a new and improved office and check-in desk for the cottages.

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