Large 27.09-acre tract of desirable land in Litchfield, Conn., will be sold at auction Nov. 27

A 27.09-acre tract of land in the highly desirable Milton section of Litchfield, plus the contents of a 1,500-square-foot professional woodworking shop on the property will be sold in an on-site auction slated for Saturday, Nov. 27.

Online PR News – 15-November-2010 – – (LITCHFIELD, Conn.) – A 27.09-acre tract of land in the highly desirable Milton section of Litchfield, plus the contents of a huge, 1,500-square-foot professional woodworking shop on the property will be sold in an on-site auction slated for Saturday, Nov. 27. The property, known as Hidden Meadows Farm, is located at 433 Milton Rd, about three miles from Litchfield Center.

The building and land will be offered first, at 12:30 p.m. (EST), with a preview planned for 11:30 a.m. until the start of sale. Litchfield Real Estate Auctions, LLC will handle that side of the auction. The contents of the woodworking shop will be auctioned by Tim’s, Inc., based in nearby Bristol, starting at 1 p.m. A preview will be held from 12 noon until the start of the sale. Tim Chapulis, the owner of Tim's, Inc., is a longtime resident of Litchfield.

“The property is absolutely gorgeous,” said Mary Helen Levine of Litchfield Real Estate Auctions, LLC. “It features long western views, a pond, vehicle and horse trails, a septic system, a drilled well, meadows and woodland areas. It could be subdivided for housing or maintained as a farm or business. About eight acres of agricultural conservation easement are included.”

The property has an interesting and colorful past. For decades it was part of a much larger agricultural development called Axford Farms. In the mid-1960s, it was acquired by a gentleman named Minck, who was a senior executive at a bank in Danbury. He was a self-styled gentleman farmer who, while still a banker, operated a dairy farm on the site until selling it in the late ‘70s.

The couple that purchased the farm decided to turn it into a country-style subdivision, with home sites ranging from 25-35 acres each. They built a home and barn by the main road and developed a total of eight lots as home sites. In the mid-1980s, the couple sold the property now up for bid, totaling just over 27 acres, to Peter Galgano, a renowned homebuilder in the region.

Mr. Galgano, who operated Peter B. Galgano & Daughters Building and Remodeling in Litchfield prior to his death earlier this year, built a Colonial reproduction home – his specialty – on the property in 2008. Tragically, it burned to the ground in a conflagration so fierce his entire gun collection melted in the blaze. Mercifully, the nearby 1,500-square-foot barn was spared.

When he was active, Mr. Galgano painstakingly built as few as two homes a year – often using materials from antique structures he’d been contracted to tear down. By incorporating everything from a door off of a 1778 barn to stone steps from another excavation to an antique chestnut bathroom counter, his homes evoked the quality and uniqueness of the Victorian age.

The woodworking building is an impressive and sizeable facility that has served three purposes over time: as a woodworking shop, a barn and a tool shed. It is currently the only structure on the property. Mr. Galgano used it for general construction purposes and to craft the various Victorian-style elements that went into the Colonial reproduction homes he developed.

The contents of the woodworking shop will pique the interest of bidders looking to equip their home or business. Items will include a Lull heavy equipment lifter, table saws, shapers, edgers, sanding equipment, a drill press, hand tools, an air compressor, a power generator, heaters, a wood stove, cut wood, scaffolding equipment, ladders, construction material and more.

For the building and property, the winning price will be hammer (highest accepted bid), plus a 10 percent buyer’s premium, to be paid by the buyer. All bidders must bring a $30,000 certified check or bank check to bid on the property. No personal checks will be accepted. A buyer’s premium of 15 percent will be applied to all purchases from the building’s contents. Terms are cash on day of auction.

Admittance to the contents auction and preview will be in the form of a suggested $5 donation for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, in memory of Peter W. Chaplulis, Tim’s late father. To date, Tim’s, Inc. has proudly raised over $31,800 for the charity, which treats cancer patients regardless of their ability to pay. St. Jude Children’s Hospital was founded by Danny Thomas.

For more information about the property portion of the auction (the woodworking shop and land), you may call Mary Helen Levine at (203) 574-2111, or (203) 525-4753. For general information, you may visit her website, at A prior preview can be arranged prior to auction day, if so desired. Call Mary Helen Levine for details.

Tim’s, Inc. is celebrating over 30 years in business (1979-2010). The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call Tim Chapulis at (860) 459-0964, or e-mail him at To view the contents of the woodworking shop, or for more information, log on to