Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sale Offers Look at 'A Way of Life That No Longer Exists'; Ashantilly Center Showcases Many Items from Early 20th Century

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sale Offers Look at 'A Way of Life That No Longer Exists'; Ashantilly Center Showcases Many Items from Early 20th Century

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Byline: Mike Morrison

DARIEN | The Haynes family lived at the historic home that came to be known as Ashantilly for the better part of a century and, by the looks of it, never threw away a thing.

Hundreds of items accumulated by two generations and stashed in chests, trunks and boxes for decades now are up for sale by the nonprofit group that maintains the quirky old house as a cultural center. There's a World War I German helmet, elegant fur-trimmed dresses, dapper men's trousers from the Roaring Twenties, unusual old kitchen gadgets, vintage hats and various other knick-knacks and geegaws that will be up for sale Sept. 28-29.

They'll be on shelves, on hangers, in boxes and standing on their own in a store at the Bluestein Shopping Center.

The items tell the story of the eccentric and intellectual family that occupied the home from 1918 until the early years of the 21st century: Father William Haynes Sr., mother Laura Grant Haynes - of the family for whom Atlanta's Grant Park was named - son William Jr., and daughters Frances and Anne Lee.

"These things give you a glimpse into a way of life that no longer exists," said volunteer Mary Stimmel, who is handling public relations for the center.

But there's too much stuff and the center needs the space.

Bill Haynes Jr. was a noted artist, master of letterpress printing, and the mission of the center is to preserve his work and promulgate his craft.

"We need the room to properly archive Bill's artwork, his printing and other family papers," said Harriet Langford, president of Ashantilly's board of directors.

For days, volunteers have been working to price the items in the vacant store at the shopping center on U.S. 17 on the north side of town. They're logging onto eBay to search out online sales of similar items, and they're painstakingly applying little paper price tags to each item. …

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