More than an Auction
There is more to this auction than unique items.
Everything is in place, and apart from the sale, attendees can
actually experience the sounds, smells and scale of
yesterday. There are no fold out tables covered in paper table
clothes displaying items out of context at this preview. This is the
The few short days of the preview may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk around a functional General
Store, and feel the heat from the woodstove on a cold November
afternoon. It is a true full-size time capsule,
bringing us back to a far different time.
In addition to the
store's contents on the
shelves in 1968, we have uncovered hundreds of unsold items dating
back to the 1800's, and historic artifacts from Hubbardston's
and Massachusetts' past. These include the furnishings of the
Post Office, and a five foot by five foot map of the living cities
of Enfield, Prescott before they were covered
by the Quabbin Reservoir. The scope of this auction is
our links below to learn more about the men who started the store,
their rebellious ancestor, and the delightful town of
Hubbardston You may like it enough to bid on an eleven-room
farm house with attached barn, or 1937 Chevy delivery truck with
it's 2002 inspection sticker!
store, contents to be auctioned
As Jay Beard and his team work inside the old Wheeler Brothers'
General Store, preparing it and its contents for sale, they have
almost reached the point where they do not notice the people outside
with their heads pressed against the windows trying to see what is
above for the two complete articles by George Barnes. It's
been a pleasure talking with you, George! Thanks for helping
us get to the AP wire! You put us on the map! We've
heard from as far away as Portland, OR, Miami, Texas and
Maryland for interviews.
The Wheeler General Store will be featured on:
FM 90.9 Morning Edition with Bob Oakes Friday Morning ten
minutes before the hour, throughout the morning. Thanks Bob!
Great job! We could not have been happier with the
segment! Your genuine warmth and kindness was accurately
reflected in the segment. And Mr. Wheeler was also
happy that the Chevy turned over!
TV's Chronicle is filming the store and the auction this
week for future broadcast. Ted, you're a real pro! After
working with you, we're sure the segment will capture the whole of
the auction and it's significance. Thank you very much.
England Cable News (NECN)
aired a wonderful segment featuring Bill Wheeler and SH&A's Ken
Katz. And No! the Ether, Alcohol and Chloroform mixture
evaporated a few decades ago!
WTAG-AM 580 with Hank Stoltz
ran a fifteen minute interview with Jay Friday morning.
Hank, your many fans in the Hubbardston area loved the show and made
many positive comments during the auction previews. You're
very well thought of up here! Thank you! (If you'd to
e-mail Hank, just click his picture.)
Fox 25 with Kerri-Lee Halkett ran
a wonderful piece on the Store Thursday night. We loved the
sound track, great touch! Thank you for your patience and also
to the Hubbardston folks who were great while waiting a few minutes
to allow us to shoot the video!