Historic Galax home to be sold

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Cliffside estate and property set for auction Nov. 8-9, including the mansion, cottages, furniture and other items.


A two-day auction is scheduled for the Cliffside Mansion and cottages in Galax, a 216-acre property rich in local history.
The home, built in 1902, was the estate of Thomas Lafayette Felts, co-founder of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency and one of the founders of Galax. It was the centerpiece of the Blair community, a railroad hub that was poised to become a major settlement until the rail lines shifted to Galax in the early 1900s.
For several years, it has been home to the Griffeth family, and a landmark along the New River Trail State Park’s Cliffview access.
Woltz & Associates auctioneers will offer the real estate in 17 tracts, as well as a large collection of personal property. The auction is scheduled for Nov. 8-9.
“This would be a perfect location for a bed & breakfast, or to host music performances, weddings or other special events,” said Jim Woltz, owner of Woltz & Associates.
Items to be auctioned will include a variety of furniture and home decor, vintage metal signs, pinball machines and much more. The Nov. 8 auction will start out with a focus on the items, which will continue into the Nov. 9 auction until noon.
Real estate will be saved for last on Nov. 9, and will include any remaining personal property inside the house and cottages. Those who purchase one of the properties will be given the option to also buy the larger furniture sets inside to keep whatever styles the buyer wants intact, Woltz said.
Some of the most interesting auction items are a series of life-size stuffed figures created by Cliffside homeowner Becky Griffeth for elaborate Halloween parties the family once hosted. For years, the figurines have been donated to the City of Galax for Halloween decorations, so locals may recognize some of their favorite ghoulish characters.
A pre-auction open house will be held Saturday. The community is invited to come and see the items up close and take a tour through the buildings.
Since moving in to Cliffside, Griffeth and her family have added quite a bit of their own history, particularly with their provision of room & board to many students from Oak Hill Academy.

The Cliffside Mansion and Cottages are located at 506 Cliffview Road in Galax. Registration for the auction begins at 9 a.m. on both days. Buyers should bring a driver’s license for identification. For more information about the auction, contact either David Boush at 1-800-551-3588 or Russell Seneff at (540) 342-3560, or visit www.woltz.com.

Watch for a full-length feature story on Cliffside Mansion in the Nov. 9 edition of The Gazette.