Potential bidders get look at antiques, collectibles at Gautier's Twelve Oaks

tleytham@sunherald.comJuly 16, 2014 

GAUTIER -- Charlotte Barial got a first-hand look Wednesday at the waterfront home where she played as a child.

She was not alone.

Hundreds of potential bidders came out to view antiques and collectibles at Twelve Oaks in Gautier, items that are part of an online auction that goes through July 24.

Benny Taylor of Taylor Auction & Realty, which is holding the auction, was delighted with the turnout.

"This is unbelievable," he said.

Among the items that are on the auction block are antique rugs, granite-covered walnut tables, several bookcases, a dining table, sofas, chairs and patio furniture. Taylor said there are also "phenomenal" art pieces. "Things you don't find anymore," he said.

While bidders went from room to room, checking out furnishings, Barial was more interested in seeing the upstairs loft. Her mother came to work for the family of Wallace Quinn, the second owners of the home, in 1938. Barial and her sister visited when the Quinn's grandchildren were in town. "That's where we would play," she said of the loft. "Everything's the same."

The home, which is listed for sale for $725,000, is a piece of history that dates back more than 100 years. It sits behind a rustic iron and brick fence. The road leading to it is lined by a canopy of moss-draped Live oaks.

Henry Gautier built Twelve Oaks in 1896 for his second wife, according to the historical marker in front of the property.

The home retains most of its original construction -- including a single-piece staircase banister, chandeliers and a wraparound porch.

Only three families have made Twelve Oaks their home, Taylor said.

There's not another viewing day set for this auction. But anyone interested can find photos and descriptions online.

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