Filed under: Estates
The home and personal belongings of Civil War writer Shelby Foote are part of a sale going on in this weekend in Memphis, Tennessee. Foote, who died back in 2005 was a novelist and historian of the Civil War. He came to national attention after appearing in Ken Burns's PBS documentary The Civil War in 1990.
Foote was a collector of Civil War-era guns and swords as well as other items dating back from that era. The home itself is an English cottage style home built in 1927. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that the sale includes an estimated $200,000 worth of the personal effects of Foote. Estate broker Ken Robison told the Commercial Appeal that the sale features items from other estates as well and that he expects around 3,000 people to show up at the Foote home over the weekend for the sale.
The house was appraised at $427,600 in 2010 and is being re-appraised this week to set a listing price for the sale. The home includes a small octagonally shaped "secret room" above an upstairs bedroom and accessible through a trap door in the ceiling above the bedroom closet. Check out the Robison-Finch estate sale website for more details.