Thursday, September 20, 2012

Novelist Mary Johnston's Majestic Manor to Sell at Auction

Novelist Mary Johnston may not have the name recognition of a Stephen King, but in 1913, she was still riding high from the success of her novel, "To Have and to Hold." So when she built a magnificent manor and began hosting Virginia's upper crust there, it created a major stir.

And on Friday, Nov. 2, that manor house -- along with other properties that are part of the author's estate -- will sell at auction, with Woltz & Associates managing the sale.

"The author did what people do when they enjoy such success -- create something special and enduring," said Jim Woltz, president of the auction company.

"To Have and to Hold" was serialized in Atlantic Monthly in 1899 and topped the New York Times bestseller list in 1900. Her next book made No. 5 on the bestseller list, and she grew popular in Canada and England.

"The Three Hills Inn has operated as an inn for most of the time since 1917. Now someone will have an opportunity to  re-establish it as an elegant destination. The manor is magnificent, with approximately 12,500 square feet, including 14 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, four kitchens and six fireplaces. It was built in Italianate architectural style and has many of its original features, including a crystal chandelier, elegant woodworking and more," said Woltz.

The inn, along with seven other properties on 27 acres, will be sold absolute, with no minimum or reserve bid. "History permeates the estate. I'm excited with anticipation as to who will purchase it and what they will do with it. With the inn and the corporate meeting facility, this could be a very positive thing for the area as a complement to the renowned Homestead Hotel, which is just a few minutes away. We could have eight different buyers or one person purchasing all of it," said Woltz.

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. on Nov. 2 at the property, 348 Three Hills Lane, Warm Springs Lane. Individuals interested in additional information about the auction may visit or call 800-551-3588. Woltz & Associates, based in Roanoke, Va., is a leading auctioneer of commercial and residential properties and land throughout the United States, with an emphasis on the Mid-Atlantic region.

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