Poplar Springs to close this fall
Casanova-based Poplar Springs Inn & Spa was foreclosed on and will be auctioned off in November. Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
After a terrific 11-year run, Poplar Springs is closing its doors.
Like many in the hospitality industry during the economic recession that started in 2008, the Inn and Spa was hit extremely hard, said co-owner Howard Foer on Monday.
Unfortunately, the founders of Festive Foods catering business racked up significant debt and were never able to fully recover.
The property was foreclosed on and is scheduled to be auctioned on Nov. 6 at 11 a.m., according to tranzon.com.
"I have no regrets," said Foer. "I know the knowledge gained outweighs the pain and suffering."
Since purchasing it in 2002, Foer spent nearly seven days a week, 52 weeks a year handling the operations of the three-pronged business.
Along with the Inn and Spa, the Foer also operated a restaurant that was open from Thursdays through Sundays.
Set back in a gorgeous rural setting off Casanova Road, Poplar Springs became the home of weekenders, corporate groups and wedding parties after originally being part of a 2,000-acre tract of land that was given to Revolutionary War Colonel Robert Randolph.
Foer hopes that the new owners will continue to use the place in a similar fashion. Since the 1980s, the property has been used as a special events site.
Foer praised The Fauquier Bank for working with him from the start and was happy that he was able to assist so many high-school aged children get their first taste of employment.
At any one time, Poplar Springs employed 40 people, many of them local, said Foer.
For the complete story, pick up a copy of Friday's Fauquier Times.
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