Cockey's Tavern to be sold at auction

January 16, 1994|By Staff report

The ghosts at Cockey's Tavern have no one to haunt except themselves until Jan. 27.

At 10:30 that morning, the historic site, which has operated as an inn or tavern since the early 1800s, will be auctioned along with the restaurant equipment and some of the owners' personal property.

Robert and Alida Lowry, who had owned it since 1985, closed the popular Westminster restaurant suddenly in September, saying the resignation of several longtime employees and the East Main Street reconstruction had hurt business.

T. R. O'Farrell Inc. will auction the building and contents in the rear parking lot at 214-216 E. Main St. separately at 11 a.m., if not sold together at 10:30 a.m. Restaurant equipment and fixtures will be sold for cash at the auction; the building will be sold for $15,000 down, with the remainder due in 30 days.

Inspection is available at 9 a.m. the day of the auction or by appointment with O'Farrell. The restaurant's mirrors, paintings and other furnishings were sold on Monday at the O'Farrell Auction Barn.

The 9,662 square feet of property are lots 43 and 44 on the plan and plat recorded by William Winchester, Westminster's founder, 1768, an auction announcement said. The three-story, jTC 6,300-square-foot brick structure was built around 1800, the announcement said.

County legends claim the building is haunted by ghosts, including one who enjoyed rearranging the artwork on the walls.

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