2005-05-10 / Front Page

Bartleson items to be auctioned


Staff Writer

FREEHOLD — A silent auction featuring items salvaged from the John Wesley Bartleson mansion at 83 South Street is scheduled for the morning of May 14.

The 1836 Bartleson mansion is one of a handful of pre-Civil War homes remaining in the borough. Despite efforts to save the building, the landmark is due to be demolished sometime in the near future and replaced by an office building. The developer who owns the property permitted representatives of the borough to salvage some items from the home.

The auction will be held at the Free-hold Borough Public Works Department, 1651 Center Street, from 9-11 a.m. May 14.

It is being sponsored by the members of the Freehold Borough Historic Preser-vation Advisory Committee. Proceeds from the sale of the items will benefit the Monmouth County Historical Associ-ation, according to advisory committee member Wayne Mason.

Items salvaged from the Bartleson mansion include two-paned windows, two-paned glass doors, wooden brackets (exterior), stained glass windows, wooden shutters, a fireplace mantel, wooden exterior balustrade sections with spindles, wooden newels, wooden doors and wooden doors with glass.

Bids will start at $10 for each piece. According to Mason, the opportunity to bid on the items is only being offered to residents of Freehold Borough. Members of the advisory committee want the pieces that were once part of the home to remain in town.

“This is not uncommon with other preservation groups,” Mason explained. “If it cannot be avoided and the building must come down, the building’s history gets documented and its important features and pieces are removed and reused by people in the community who are restoring their older homes.”

Guests planning to attend the auction will need to bring identification documenting that they are residents of Freehold Borough.

To view some of the items visit www.historicfreehold.aboho.com. For further information about the auction call Borough Hall at (732) 462-1410.

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