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Glen Dale Children's Home to be auctioned

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Landmark News Service

On a lot that once housed troubled and orphaned children, 13 decaying structures now stand, taken over by nature. After five years of abandonment, the former Glen Dale Children’s Home property near Glendale will be sold at auction next month.

The property includes about 272 acres with premier road frontage. The sale is at 10 a.m. June 28. Proceeds benefit Sunrise Children’s Services.

“It is good to see the new leadership of Sunrise Children’s Services is making an effort to bring some closure to this part of their history,” Glen Dale Children’s Home alumnus Tim Isaacs said in an email. “It will always seem to me to be such a waste that this tremendous facility was allowed to deteriorate to the point where the building will likely have to be razed.”

Isaacs was a student at the home twice and eventually became director of activities.

“While I understand that the organization needed to focus its limited resources on the children in their care, in my opinion, they squandered a valuable asset,” Isaacs said. “There are so many good Southern Baptist churches that made this ministry a success for so long, maybe someday the agency can better remember its legacy.”

The home opened in 1915 but was closed in 2009 when Sunrise Children’s Services opened a new center east of Elizabethtown. The former facility, which had cottages, an administration building and a gymnasium, was closed because administrators preferred having all operations under one roof.

The sale is at the Glen Dale Children’s Home property at 2125 Gilead Church Road. Tranzon Asset Advisors will handle the auction.