The operator of White’s Ferry, the historic Potomac River crossing in Poolesville announced Monday it would close up shop immediately following a judge’s decision in a decade-long court case brought by a Virginia property owner.
As a result, the ferry operator, which has docked on the Virginia side of the river for over two centuries, announced its closure via a Facebook post on Monday morning.
The ferry operators cited a Loudoun County Circuit Court ruling in November.
In the Nov. 23 decision, Judge Stephen E. Sincavage of the Loudoun County Circuit Court awarded damages to the owner of the Virginia property, known as Rockland Farm, in excess of $100,000, agreed that White’s Ferry had been trespassing since the end of a licensing agreement in 2004 and through an injunction, prevented White’s Ferry from continuing to use the land.
However, the news of the ferry’s closure “came as a shock” to the plaintiff, Rockland Farm, LLC, which said in an announcement Monday evening that it had been working to reach an agreement to keep the ferry open throughout the twists and turns of the legal case.
In its statement, Rockland Farm said it had even proposed discussing a purchase of the ferry’s business, but White’s Ferry did not engage.
“At our direction, our attorneys have not yet presented any Final Order to the Court which would prevent White’s Ferry from operating,” the Rockland Farm statement read. “We have delayed in the hope of reaching a fair agreement. The decision to close operations today was solely made by White’s Ferry.”
Loudoun County released a statement on Monday afternoon noting that the dispute is between two private parties, and that the land owners and ferry company are working on a resolution.
The ferry operator has been in court with Rockland Farm, LLC for over a decade, according to Loudoun Circuit Court filings.