Cherry Valley Bookstore



Welcome to the Cherry Valley Bookstore, we are an independent bookstore located at 81 Alden Street in historic Cherry Valley, New York. We specialize in used and antiquarian books. With more than 15,000 volumes, our collection is expansive and quite eclectic — ranging from New York history to vintage mystery.

The Cherry Valley Bookstore, formerly Clough’s Bookshop, has been operating as an independent bookstore at the same location in historic Cherry Valley for more than 20 years.

The new owners, Bill & Lynne Compton, purchased the store in June 2019 and pledge to keep it the same quaint space filled with an eclectic collection of fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction that its patrons have become accustomed to over the years. Our selection of books date from the early 19th century to the present and covers nearly every genre imaginable. If we don’t have it, we will try to find it for you.

Currently, we have an extensive selection of children’s books, including classics, vintage book series, and many favorites that have been enjoyed for generations.

Our Sci-Fi section is out of this world. We have a large selection of hardcover and paperback science fiction, including many collectible paperbacks for the enthusiast.

Mysteries and thrillers abound. We have enough whodunits to keep you intrigued for years to come.


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A bookstore steeped in history.

The little red building at 81 Alden Street in Cherry Valley, NY has quite a history. The building may date to the late 18th century, but we know that in 1840 it was Amos Swan’s cabinet shop. Here, Swan built cabinetry, melodeons, and served as the local undertaker. The shop also served as the local telegraph office.

Swan was friends with Samuel Morse, whose family owned a summer home nearby. Morse used the telegraph office to test Morse code in the early days of its development.

At one point, the shop was a tea room, and in the 1940s it was a dress shop. In the 1960’s through the 1990’s it was a summer home for poets and jazz musicians escaping the heat of the city, but choosing Cherry Valley over the hustle and bustle of Saratoga.

Since the mid-90’s it has been a shop specializing in used and antiquarian books. We are proud to maintain that tradition.


Cherry Valley Bookstore

81 Alden Street
Cherry Valley, NY 13320


Contact Us

Bill & Lynne Compton, Proprietors

607-264-5024 Store

850-261-8715 Mobile

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