Historic Kimball Tavern Sold At Auction

Real Estate Agent with Buyers Brokers Only, LLC
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.

"Wood said he was willing to bid up to $220,000 for the tavern, which is assessed by the city at $795,000. The 3,883 square-foot structure lies on less than a half acre." 

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.

Read The Eagle-Tribune Article

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Comments (1)

Brian Belcher
RE/MAX Executive - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Realtor

Hey, great post.  Thanks for the information about your area.

Nov 23, 2008 02:48 PM