Ever wanted to own a piece of history? Now's your chance.
Walker County Historical Society's Marsh House Task Force is hosting the Marsh House Antiques and More Auction Saturday, June 8 at 6 p.m. in the gazebo on the eastside grounds of the house. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Attendees can also take part in a pre-auction reception from 5-6 p.m. inside the house. Wine and appetizers will be served.
"It will be a lot of fun," said Marsh House Task Force chairwoman Evelle Dana. "People have the opportunity to bring a treasure home."
The auction will feature antiques from inside the home dating back to the 1800s including furniture, novels, framed pictures and assorted glassware, as well as themed baskets created by volunteers with themes like "gardening," "gift cards" and "pet care." Marsh House Task Force members plan to donate some of their own antiques to the auction too, said Dana. She personally is donating a gun cabinet, framed prints and cookbooks.
The money raised will be used to continue tours of the historic home that dates back to 1836 and is on the National Register of Historic Places, purchase a new sign and keep the grounds and utilities in order.
Dana said the Marsh House is a jewel in the LaFayette community that people come from as far away as Indiana and Ohio to view, and they rave about how authentic it looks.
"When you walk in it looks like it did when people lived here," she said. "It looks like you're walking back in history."
Today the Marsh House can be rented out for weddings, receptions, parties, meetings and luncheons.
Visit marshhouseoflafayette.com or facebook.com/TheMarshHouseOfLaFayette to learn more.
If interested in donating to the auction or to learn more about the event, contact Dana at 706-639-3888 or Marsh House Task Force events chair Mary Smitherman at 423-718-9918.