Pember House contents going to auction Oct. 17

Pember House contents going to auction Oct. 17

Photo Courtesy of The Clayton Collection

Ever noticed the spooky, deteriorated Victorian house on the corner of West Main Street and Quaker Street in Granville?

The broken-down landmark is actually an historical gem that has served as a Granville fixture since 1873. The house will be under new ownership by a Granville couple once the official paperwork is signed and authorized.

Franklin Tanner Pember’s former seasonal residence at 49 W. Main Street will be hosting an auction in the backyard of the residence on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. of the contents and items inside the house, most of which were personal belongings of Pember himself.

“It’s going to be a good, country auction” Erin Duffy said.

Duffy is serving as an assistant to the previous owners in the auctioning process.

Pember was “a celebrated Granville entrepreneur, naturalist and philanthropist constructed the local opera house in 1901 and founded the nearby Pember Library & Museum in 1909, which now houses his personal taxidermy collection of many natural specimens”, according to Duffy’s informational email.

From 7:30 a.m. to 9:55 a.m., prospective buyers will be able to preview the items before the auction begins. However, Bernadette Hoffman, the Pember Library and Natural History Museum educator and curator, will get first dibs on the items that were direct belongings to Pember.

Items revealed by Duffy to be auctioned off outdoors, rain-or-shine, are taxidermy, pieces of furniture, antique lamps and much more.

“There’s a little bit of everything,” Duffy said.

According to Duffy, Tracy Jameson will be serving as the licensed auctioneer. Additionally, most of the items for auction can be viewed on

An incentive for collectors to attend the COVID-19 protocol-followed event is the fact there will be no sales tax or buyer’s premium on purchases made. However, this will be a cash-only event.

Duffy said this is going to be an amazing opportunity for those who attend and are interested in buying.

“(They’ll be) owning their own little slice of history,” Duffy said. “It’s an exciting opportunity for not only the house, but for the people. It’s a win-win for everyone.”