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230-year-old Maine inn on online auction block

BUCKSPORT, Maine (AP) – A 230-year-old landmark in the Maine town of Bucksport that has hosted presidents, arctic explorers and other famous figures is on an online auction block.

The Jed Prouty Inn has sat unused for nearly a decade.

The 17-bedroom former hotel has anchored Bucksport’s Main Street since about 1780. The last business in the wood frame building closed nearly eight years ago.

The financial firm that owns it is hoping a buyer will emerge during an online auction that is being held through Thursday.

The Bangor Daily News (http://bit.ly/nNmjVA ) says the building underwent extensive renovations in the 1990s. It has a complete commercial kitchen, but it still needs at least $250,000 in upgrades.

Bidding on the property began at $30,000.

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Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangordailynews.com

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