BEAVERTOWN — Fans of late Monkees front man Davy Jones expressed sadness on social media after learning the properties he purchased decades ago in this western Snyder County town have been put up for sale.
Jones’ four daughters, who live in California and England, said the distance has made it difficult for them to maintain the properties, so they’ve decided to sell and use the proceeds to benefit The Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation established in 2012 to protect and care for his 15 horses now providing therapy to special needs and at-risk individuals.
The six bedroom, 3,388-square-foot 301 S. Center St. home and 15.5 acre lot is on the market for $389,000.
“Unfortunately, the distances involved make it challenging for us to enjoy this family home where we all shared many happy memories with our dad,” says Talia Jones Roston. “He treasured this home and considered it a sanctuary where he wrote a lot of his music, and we feel strongly that he would appreciate it being enjoyed as a home again.”
Jones, a former jockey and avid horseman, hand-built the horse track that circles the property and boarded in stables on the property for many of the thoroughbreds he rescued, according to information provided by real estate agent Melissa Laniewski of the Bowen Agency.
Also on the market are another three-bedroom home on Center Street, which is under contract, and the steeple church at 121 Orange St. that Jones had hoped to convert into a community center and pop culture museum, which is listed at $60,000.
“I wish someone would carry out his plans,” Beavertown Mayor Lee Hollenbach said. “He put Beavertown on the map.”
Several fans and acquaintances posted expressions of sadness on Facebook that Jones would no longer have a connection to the small rural community, described by his daughters as a “much beloved adopted hometown” more than 20 years after he moved there.
“Sad to hear the family is selling the house and church. My mother (June Bojalad) sold the church to David years ago when my father passed away. He had great ideas for the building,” wrote Cindy Truesdale, of Pine Grove.
Jones had begun renovations in the church before his death in February 2012 at age 66.
His daughters had been working with former Beavertown Mayor Cloyd “Bill” Wagner, a friend of Jones, to continue the renovation, but Wagner’s death in December 2013 at 83 halted those plans, and they decided to put the properties on the market.
Also earlier this year, Michael Shoenfelt announced he would no longer be organizing the annual Davy Jones Memorial events in Beavertown. All four of the late singer’s daughters attended the June 2013 festivities and even gamely took part in the bed race event.