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Complete Contents of Historic Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center in Blackstone to Sell to Highest Bidder at Public Auction

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Blackstone, Va., March 7, 2017 — Grindstaff Auctions and Realty LLC (www.grindstaffauctions.com) announces the public auction of the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center, on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at 9am, according to auctioneers Jimmy and Anne Grindstaff.

The auction will take place on-site at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center, 707 4th Street, Blackstone, Va. Doors will open at 7am day of auction.

“We will be selling the complete contents of the retreat and assembly center,” said Jimmy Grindstaff, “Including the manor house, carriage house, dormitories and shops. This is will be the auction of the year. We will have at least two rings going all day.”

Grindstaff explained among the many items up for bid are beautiful antiques, a large fully-equipped commercial kitchen, shop and mechanical tools and accessories, woodworking shop, a 2015 Kubota Tractor M6060 with front-end loader, Land Pride RTA 2072 Tiller, yard and garden statuary, benches and tools.

Also up for bid will be: furniture, decor and bedding from over 300 dorm and staff rooms, including beds, dressers, desks, vanities, chairs, linens and artwork; theater seating, audio and sound equipment; an enormous one-of-a-kind Pipe Organ; several pianos and organs; showcases, church pews; over 50 farm-style tables and chairs; and much more.

Public inspection and pre-registration is scheduled for Friday, March 24, from 1pm to 5pm. Bidders must register to participate in this auction, but anyone may attend. For more information, contact Grindstaff Auctions and Realty at 804-301-2488. For more details and images, visit www.grindstaffauctions.com.

About Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center
Established in 1892 as The Blackstone Female Institute, a private religious school for young women, the facility has a rich history.  At peak enrollment in 1920, the student body numbered approximately 500 pupils. The school operated under the auspices of the Virginia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South between 1894 and 1950.  Notable alumna of Blackstone include actress Bea Arthur and Violeta Chamorro, former president of Nicaragua. The facility was then purchased by the Virginia United Methodist Conference and converted into a retreat and conference center, which was opened in 1955. In 2016, the board made the decision to close the facility due to declining event attendance.



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