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ELKINS — A local landmark is returning to the virtual auction block after its online sale failed last year.

In October 2021, the historic Elkins Independent Order of Odd Fellows Home and part of the property surrounding it were sold in four sections through an online auction.

Three new owners took possession of the four properties, which included the house itself and the 17 acres on which it sits. Now, nearly a year later, the 137-bedroom, 19-bathroom home and its 17 acres are up for sale again through Kaufman Auctions.

Bidding is currently open for the house and property located on Georgetown Road. The auction closing date is September 1 at 7 p.m. According to the Kaufman Auctions website, the current highest bid is now $205,000.

“I don’t know why the original sale failed, but the original buyer backed off,” Randolph County Development Authority Director Robbie Morris told The Inter-Mountain on Monday. “I know they were trying to figure out what they were going to do, so I guess they finally put it back up for auction.”

Morris and the RCDA were part of the initial auction, obtaining the 71-acre land opposite the house. The RCDA, which paid $346,500 for the land, will expand the Randolph County Industrial Park there.

The original buyer of the IOOF house and the land it sits on also won the auction for another of the four sections, a 22.51 acre parcel of land which sits behind the house and heads towards the river Tygart Valley. A third buyer took control of a section down the street from the lodge towards the weir and containing 14.63 acres.

The IOOF house opened in 1910 and was created to accommodate orphaned children and the elderly. Over the decades, the home became a facility that cared for the elderly and widows, most of whom suffered from economic hardship. In its final years of operation until its closure in early 2021, it served primarily as a retirement home.

The building, which includes two three-story pavilions, features a circular paved driveway, a detached three-car garage, a gazebo and a pond. None of the furniture that still exists in the building is part of the sale.

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Randolph Lodge No. 116 has been in existence since the year 1890.

For more information about the auction or to bid on the property, go to www.kaufmanauctionswv.com.



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