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Historic Cornwall Inn goes on auction block

By - Last modified: May 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

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The Cornwall Inn bed-and-breakfast in Cornwall Township. Photo/Submitted
The Cornwall Inn bed-and-breakfast in Cornwall Township. Photo/Submitted

The Cornwall Inn, a bed-and-breakfast in a historic 18th-century building in Lebanon County, will be sold at auction next month, according to a news release.

Fortna Auctioneers and Marketing Group, based in Annville Township, will conduct the auction beginning at 6 p.m. June 27 at the property at 50 Burd Coleman Road, Cornwall.

"We're expecting a good turnout," Michael Fortna, president of the firm, told the Business Journal this morning.

Inn owner Lynee Porter acquired the property in 1999, restored it, and opened her bed-and-breakfast in 2001, the news release said.

An "unfortunate accident and slow recovery" spurred Porter's decision to sell, according to the announcement, which quotes her as saying: "Under the circumstances, this is the right thing to do."

Robert Coleman, owner of the Cornwall Iron Furnace and Pennsylvania's first millionaire, built the inn in the late 1700s, according to the property's website. Over the years it served as a post office, train station, store and jail.

Information on the property and auction is available at Fortna Auctioneers' website, and the company plans to add a virtual tour shortly, Fortna said. The firm has successfully auctioned historic properties in the past, including the Fairfield Inn in Adams County last year, he said.

A call to the inn seeking comment was not immediately returned.

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