Historic Kimball Tavern, located in the Bradford section of Haverhill, MA, sold at auction Thursday November 20, 2008 for $190,000, less than expected for the more than 300-year-old structure.
Built in 1690, community leaders founded Bradford College there in 1803. The property is located across from the Bradford Common.
A Haverhill, MA contractor, who plans to use the site for an antique shop, made the highest bid, The Eagle-Tribune reported November 21, 2008. The contractor, Cale Wood, also must pay a 10 percent fee to the auctioneer, bring the total price to $209,000.
I viewed the property at an open house on November 14, 2008. The property seemed to be in decent shape, especially considering the age. There seemed to have been several updates over the years. The property includes about eight parking spaces.
More than 40 people attended the auction, but only nine were registered to bid. Of the nine, only four made bids, according to The Eagle-Tribune.
A group made up of interested neighbors, the Bradford College Alumni Association, and the nearby First Church of Christ also bid, but had to drop out of the bidding at around $180,000.