Guests who trekked through the Terror Trail at Haunted Mill Scream Park in October might have taken their last tour of the popular Halloween venue.
The mill at 5932 Colonial Valley Road in Heidelberg Township will be auctioned this weekend along with neighboring properties.
Fortna Auctioneers & Marketing Group will begin the auction at 10 a.m. Saturday at 5930-5932 Colonial Valley Road and include the sale of private property, equipment and firearms.
A family death prompted the sale of 170 acres near Spring Grove.
The Haunted Mill was started by the late father-son team Herbert Harvey Sterner and Timothy Sterner. The property was largely cared for and managed by Timothy Sterner, 59, who died in September.
And Herbert Harvey Sterner, 79, had been ill for a while and unable to take care of the property. He died Thursday morning.
The land has become too much to take care of for owner Brenda Sterner, who inherited the mill and farm after her husband, Timothy Sterner, passed away last fall, said Margaret Sterner, sister-in-law to the owner and marketing and advertising manager for the Haunted Mill.
"It's not a distressed auction. The property is owned free and clear. It's just a huge property, and the two of us have been managing the bulk of it. It's too much to handle," Margaret Sterner said.
It's also a unique property.
"You couldn't put a for-sale sign on it and expect it to sell," Margaret Sterner said.
The 170 acres includes a stone house and grist mill built in 1783, and both still have orignal features. A blacksmith shop and swingers club, The Farm Travel Club, are also part of the property.
"After looking around we decided an auction was the best way to go. They do all the promoting, and this will allow us to move on to the next phase of our lives and retire," Margaret Sterner said.
She's hopeful the buyer will continue the 25-year Halloween tradition.
"I'd like to see someone come in and put their own twist on it," Margaret Sterner said. "Someone needs to come in and revive the Haunted Mill and do their own thing. I'm not in a position to say what this should be, but I would like to see the Halloween history and family tradition continue."
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