The clip-clop of hooves and creak of wagons may not be heard at two local holiday celebrations. That's because NatureQuest and Mountain Trail Horse Center, which provides the horse-drawn wagon rides at Wellsboro's Dickens of a Christmas and Mansfield's Home for the Holidays, is selling everything-horses, wagons, real estate and more.
The owners of NatureQuest and Mountain Trail Horse Center hope lots of interested buyers attend their auctions on Nov. 18 and 19 when 300 acres of real estate, 15 trail horses, six teams of Percheron draft horses, three covered wagons and more go across the block. If all goes well, the Maiers will make enough money to buy the wagon ride business back.
Patrick and Jill Maier along with another partner own NatureQuest corporation. NatureQuest in turn owns Mountain Trail Horse Center, which comprises the wagon tour and trail riding businesses. NatureQuest also owns over 300 acres in Middlebury Center and Ansonia. The acreage will be auctioned off as four parcels, including buildings and at least partial mineral rights, on Nov. 18 at noon at the Tokishi Center in Wellsboro.
On Nov. 19 at 11 a.m., NatureQuest's other possessions will be up for auction at the Maiers' farm along Catlin Hollow Road, Middlebury.