Eagles Aerie Headed For Auction Block
The owner, auctioneer David W. Martin, will sell the old building and 6.9 acres of land surrounding it at the Bay City Restaurant in Hanover. It will be one of nine various properties sold that evening and, according to Martin, will be the “first of the evening” to go on the block at 6:00 p.m.
The landmark, familiar to all who travel Route 30 east, has mostly become known as the old, abandoned building that has been vandalized and seems as if it could topple off the side of the mountain.
But Martin told the News, “Believe it or not, the floors, walls and the roof appear to be in good shape, but vandals have broken out all of the windows and all of the pipes and fixtures have been removed over the years.” According to tax records, the building was built in 1925 and Martin said he believes the last time it was occupied was in the 1950s. It has remained vacant and deteriorating since then. There are a number of postcards, however, depicting the business in the 1930s and 1940s.
Eagles Aerie was, at one time, a well-known tavern and was a frequent stop first for horses needing water as they trudged the mountain, and eventually as a stop for water for overheated cars. Those stopping by could get water as well as refreshments for themselves.
Martin, who also rides the rodeo circuit as a bull rider, said he bought the property in 2005 from Charles Tolson, who had owned it since 1971. He says he remembers as a kid passing the property on his way to rodeos and said he was always fascinated by it.
When he bought it, he said he had ambitious plans to either fix it up and live there, turn it into a bed and breakfast and live there or fix it up and rent it out as a shop of some sort. Martin, who had lived in Gettysburg, has now moved to western Pennsylvania near the Ohio border and has decided to sell the “fixer-upper.”
He has advertised it for auction online as: “Eagles Aerie- 6 + acres with an incredible view in McConnellsburg, PA along Rt 30 Lincoln Highway. The remains of a historic tavern with a central fireplace, begging for a fixer upper. Parking for approximately ten cars. Would make a nice bed and breakfast, hunting lodge, or antique shop.”
Martin said the upstairs has eight bedrooms that are each 8x12 foot in size. At the end of the hall, there is one bathroom for all to use.
The auction will be held at Bay City Restaurant in Hanover, Martin said, because “parking would be a problem onsite” and because the restaurant has a banquet room to accommodate 300. The remaining properties being sold that day are also in the Hanover area.