When Woman's Club members first moved into the spacious house with tall ceilings and archways, it was bare. Over time, the house was decorated with St. Albans collectibles. Glass pitchers and China adorn the built-in bookshelves. Some women have left artwork and antiques to the club in their wills. Other St. Albans residents have donated furniture.
About 300 items, everything inside The Beeches, will be sold Saturday in an auction hosted by Mountaineer Auctions Gallery at the club's house.
Steve Mullins, an appraiser and sales manager for Mountaineer Auctions, said he is excited to sell the oldest item inside the house this weekend, a large painting that features an unknown family of a man, woman and a boy and girl. The piece is from the late 1800s, Mullins said.
Saturday's auction will be the one time the public can buy a piece of St. Albans history, he said.
A large silver punch bowl and plate with the engraving, "Presented to Anna B. Tompkins Department. April, 3, 1950. To The St. Albans Woman's Club" will be sold. Local artists' works at The Beeches and folded flags with ties to Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Robert C. Byrd will sell, too.
Other items for sale include a piano, chandeliers, lamps, furniture, kitchenware and late-1800s antiques.
"This is the one-time opportunity for folks who can come in here and buy something of St. Albans and the Woman's Club," Mullins said.
The auction begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. Mullins said a large tent will be set up in case of rain and the items will be sold from The Beeches' front porch.
The house is to be sold, as well. Mullins said Thursday that the possibility of selling it at Saturday's auction was being negotiated.
Potential bidders who want to take a peek beforehand -- and take a tour of The Beeches -- may make an appointment by calling 304-548-4056 or stop by after 8 a.m. Saturday.
For more information, visit www.mountaineerauctions.com.
Reach Megan Workman at megan.work...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.