Middletown, Va. - After a small hiatus and new ownership, the Wayside Inn is back and ready for business.
"Quick is how it happened,” said Becky Reeves, part-owner of The Wayside Inn. “It all happened within less than a week. We've had the place less than a month. We've been dealing with all kinds of wonderful people coming to help us out. And just the municipality, everyone's been most helpful."
New owners, Becky and George “Len” Reeves are inviting the local community to come to an open house and revel in the inn's unique history.
"We're having an open house for the community, for friends and family,” said Becky. “Hopefully a lot of people who have worked here in the past that have histories will come. Ever since we contracted, everybody we meet, everyone has a special memory about Wayside Inn.”
The inn was established in 1797 and since then, has hosted community events, public figures, and watched America become the nation it is now.
"Our purpose is in our age, to save the inn, preserve it, and find a way down the road, that it can financially cover itself," said Len Reeves, Becky’s husband and part owner.
Financial struggles were the sole reason the inn was auctioned up in the first place, but the Reeves are hopeful in their new investment.
“We're not restaurateurs,” he said. “We just love the inn, the history, the valley and never in a million years thought we would be sitting in this position.”.
Restaurateur or not, the Reeves previous hotel experience have made them ideal candidates in re-establishing the famous piece of Middletown history. And they're ready to share it with old and new members of the community.