MIDDLETOWN, Va. - The historic Wayside Inn has been accommodating travelers since 1797, now it's future is unclear as it is about to go up for sale at an auction. The current owners Jacob and Lois Charon say business is still going well at the 22-room inn, restaurant and conference center.
"We've been doing anniversary parties, graduation, and weddings rehearsal dinners," Lois said. "All different kinds of family groups."
"We have new stuff even the entrance," Jacob said. "The rooms, we did a lot of work here to keep up with what's going on."
But, working with little help, they say, affected their health which prompted them to close the popular restaurant last fall and ultimately put the inn up for sale.
"We've been busy with things other than the main dining room on a daily basis," Lois said. "That was the part that really pulled us down a bit."
Gordon Greene, a Virginia auctioneer under the Chartwell Group, will host the public auction October 16th.
The reserve price will be $775,000; bidding will start at $535,000. The Charon's say an auction was an easier way to sell.
"Listing it on real estate, you don't know if anybody's going to buy it or not," Lois said. "This way, way we have a date for sale. Hopefully, somebody will make the purchase."
The Charon's say their health issues won't let them continue to run the Wayside Inn, but they hope the next owners will keep the historic building and its legacy going.
"We hope that whoever takes over and purchases the inn will keep it as an inn. It's a special place with a lot of memories for many different people," Lois said.
It's dubbed as America's Oldest Continuous Inn; the question now is if it will stay that way.
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