ELKINS, W.Va. (WBOY) — The former Elkins Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) lodge, which has 99 bedrooms and 19 bathrooms, is up for auction.
Built in the midst of the Elkins Railroad boom, the 1910 mansion was used as a charitable home for orphans, widows, and the elderly who suffered from economic hardship. The IOOF was a progressive group that emphasized self-improvement and community service, and the Elkins Chapter became the first fraternal group to own and operate a state house. According to the Clio, in 1920 the Elkins Odd Fellows cared for 126 orphans between the ages of 6 and 21.
The building sits on over 17 acres of land and features two three-story lodges with basements that have a total of 137 rooms. The property also features a circular paved driveway, detached three-car garage, gazebo and pond. One wing of the property even has an elevator. It is being sold in a silent auction by Bridgeport-based Kaufman Auctions.
The listing photos show the house with original furnishings, almost like a time capsule of the charity house. Most of the furniture has been removed, but some that remain will be sent to various museums, along with personal items from former residents. The piece of furniture that is still inside at the end of the auction will belong to the new owner.
The Elkins The Intermountain newspaper reported that the mansion and property were sold in 2021 to a trio of owners, who purchased all four sections of the estate, which was then 126 acres. Now the 17 acres that house the old pavilion are back up for sale.
In 2021, the building and property sold for $1,391,500. If you would like to make an offer, visit the Kaufman Auctions website. But be aware that the estimated monthly maintenance bill for the estate is $2,100 just for the gas utility.
Auctions will be open until September 1 at 7 p.m. The last open house was August 18 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. You can find the building at 589 Georgetown Rd. As of August 18, the best offer was $205,000.