White’s Ferry Virginia businessman Potomac River Leesburg


Chuck Kuhn and his spouse, Stacy, finalized buy phrases for White’s Ferry in Leesburg on Thursday.

LEESBURG, Va. — A Virginia businessman has reached a deal to buy a historic cable-drawn ferry operation on the Potomac River that was closed final 12 months due to a land dispute. 

Chuck Kuhn and his spouse, Stacy, finalized buy phrases for White’s Ferry in Leesburg on Thursday.

The ferry operation between Loudoun County, Virginia, and Montgomery County, Maryland, was established in 1786 however ceased operations in December.

The transfer got here after a Virginia decide stated the ferry firm had no proper to make use of a parcel of land on the Virginia facet of the river as a touchdown website.

The primary recognized ferry operation on the location was Conrad’s Ferry in 1817. In keeping with Loudoun County’s historical past web site, after the Civil Battle former Accomplice officer — Elijah V. White — bought it and made many enhancements to the service. 

White named his ferry boat in honor of his former commander, Basic Jubal Anderson Early.

The City of Poolesville, Maryland revealed an announcement to Fb in December calling the ferry “an integral a part of the Western Montgomery County space, the connection to Northern Virginia, a historic treasure, and a vastly essential piece of transportation infrastructure.” 

In keeping with the city’s assertion from the top of 2020, Poolesville commissioners are working with each Montgomery County and Maryland state officers to try to preserve the ferry open.

“The Poolesville Commissioners are actively working with Montgomery County and State of Maryland officers, in an try and preserve the ferry operational. “The closing of this essential transportation hyperlink,” Fee President Kerri Cook dinner stated. “The western a part of the county is recognized by a wealthy historical past and distinctive character and White’s Ferry is an important factor of that Montgomery County historical past.”

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Loudoun County authorities launched an announcement in December on the county’s web site regarding the closing.

“The Loudoun County authorities is conscious of revealed stories that indicate White’s Ferry ceased operations as a result of lack of a longtime public touchdown in Virginia. It is very important notice that this authorized matter is between a personal property proprietor and the ferry operator and that Loudoun County it not occasion to the lawsuit. The county is issuing this assertion to make clear misinformation concerning the county’s position on this matter,” the assertion reads.

Officers inform WUSA9 that whereas Loudoun County just isn’t occasion to the authorized dispute, the county stays involved regarding the final result from a regional transportation perspective. 

The county acknowledges that any impression to ferry service could impression the residents and individuals who work in Loudoun County.

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