Former Franklin Club items up for auction Saturday

Fond memories will be up for grabs Saturday when items from the former Franklin Club go up for auction.

The auction, which will be conducted by Baker and Bellis Auctioneers, will take place in the old Bon-Ton at the Cranberry Mall beginning at 8:30 a.m. A preview of the items begins at 6:30 a.m.

Items from the historic Franklin building that will be available are predominantly commercial kitchen appliances, dishes, chairs and equipment. There are a limited number of historical items in the inventory.

The former club at 1340 Liberty St. was built in 1887 as a private residence and in 1889 was established as the Nursery Club, a single-men’s-only social club.

The Nursery Club eventually gave way to the well-known Franklin Club, which closed its doors in 2007.

In recent years, the building was home to a number of restaurant-banquet facilities and an Irish pub. It closed its doors under the name of The Franklin in August 2018.

The 133-year-old building and the land it sits on are owned by Clarion County Community Bank, while the contents are owned by the Northwest Commission.

Items for sale have already been picked over by the Venango County Historical Society, which was afforded a first crack at the rumored treasure trove of historical items.

Carolee Michener, a local historian, left with only a few items from that venture though, when she said many of the items pulled from the building were either copies of their original pictures, too badly damaged, or duplicates of items the society already has in its possession.