The historic Blackthorne Inn in Upperville has a new owner, and will soon get a name-change, too.
Easton Porter Group, a Charlottesville-based luxury hospitality business, bought the property earlier this month and plans a $15 million investment to develop a “destination resort with a focus on food and wine,” according to a company news release.
The property’s home, built in 1763, will continue to operate as a hotel under its current name until this fall. Easton Porter will close the business in January and begin “extensive renovations and investments,” the release said.
Easton Porter plans a new winery for the property and additional cottage suites. The updated resort will reopen in September 2017 under a new name, which hasn’t yet been announced.
The old stone home at 10087 John S. Mosby Highway was originally known as the Greystone House and figured prominently during the Civil War.
“At one point, Union soldiers stored horses behind the Blackthorne Inn until confederate troops drove them off the property,” says a history of the property on the Blackthorne website. “When the former owners purchased the property in 1970, the front door still bore scars where Yankee soldiers had kicked it in.”
The inn has served as a bed and breakfast and restaurant since the late 1980s. The most recent owners, the O’Connor family, bought the property in 2007 and renamed it the Blackthorne Inn.
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