Residents in the MOT-area had the chance to say farewell to the 166-year-old Summerton mansion on U.S. 301 and Levels Road at a picnic held on Saturday, April 30.

The mansion will be demolished later this month to make room for a new Royal Farms convenience store, gas and diesel dispensers, and parking.

According to Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Roxane Ferguson who helped coordinate the event, the picnic ran smoothly and was attended by hundreds of people.

The event gave residents the chance to see the property up-close before the demolition takes place and it was sponsored by Royal Farms along with Bluegrass Investments, the company that owns the Summerton property.

The Summerton mansion was once considered for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, but its then owners declined thinking that the historic status would affect their farming practices, according to the Middletown Historical Society.

Many old mansions around Middletown that were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s that did not receive historic preservation status have been demolished or condemned, according to the historical society.