Online Auction: 219± Acres – 11 Tracts

  • Incredible Mountain and Countryside Views
  • Secluded Setting
  • Close proximity to Interstate 81
  • Mostly Wooded Land
  • Abundant Wildlife
  • Recently Surveyed
  • Great potential for Residential and Recreational Uses

Auction Tract Acreage (±)
1 (Under Contract) 30.00
2 (Under Contract) 2.00
3 (Under Contract) 24.478
4 21.205
5 20.03
6 20.002
7 20.003
8 20.007
9 20.010
10 20.177
11 21.762

30 Minutes from Downtown Roanoke and Downtown Blacksburg!


From Roanoke; Take Interstate 81 South 16 miles, Take exit 128 to Ironto. Travel 600 feet and take right onto N Fork Rd, Travel 500 feet and take right, in 500 feet turn left onto Reese Mountain Rd. See signs for parcels on left, travel further up Reese Mountain Rd to see additional parcels.

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SOLD – Real Estate Auction: Historic National Landmark-The Natural Bridge of Virginia

Natural Bridge, Virginia
Real Estate Auction
Historic National Landmark-The Natural Bridge of Virginia

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Woltz / 540.342.3560

Natural Bridge of Virginia Has a Bright Future
Owner generously gifts the Bridge and 188 acres—valued at $21 million—
to Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund

Natural Bridge, Va. (Feb. 6, 2014)—Woltz & Associates, Inc. today announced the sale of Virginia’s historic Natural Bridge and 1,500 surrounding acres to the Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund (VCLF).   In the coming years, as part of the terms of the agreement, VCLF will deed Natural Bridge and its surrounding properties to the Commonwealth of Virginia to become a Virginia State Park.  This arrangement was made possible because the Bridge’s owner, Angelo Puglisi, generously gifted the Bridge and 188 acres of the property—valued at $21 million—to VCLF.    

Since 1988, the Natural Bridge, the hotel, attractions and more have been owned and operated by Washington, DC area real estate developer Angelo Puglisi.  He purchased it all with the intent of keeping it accessible to visitors forever.    

Commenting on the new ownership, Puglisi said, “This incredible property is filled with inspiring splendor and history.  I am pleased that this national landmark—once owned by Thomas Jefferson and surveyed by George Washington—now has a path into the Virginia State Park system that will allow upcoming generations to enjoy it just as I have enjoyed it.” 

Jim Woltz, President of Woltz & Associates, said, “This agreement has been months in the making and we’re very pleased with the result.  It’s a great accomplishment to put the last piece of a complicated puzzle together.  The result is a tremendous benefit to the region and the state.  It would not have happened without such a wonderful owner and seller, Angelo Puglisi.”

Multiple parties—including the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Department of Environmental Quality and numerous conservation groups and organizations—worked together to find a solution that was true to Mr. Puglisi’s vision to preserve Natural Bridge and its surroundings for visitors for years to come.

“I admire Mr. Angelo Puglisi and his efforts to conserve Thomas Jefferson’s Natural Bridge for the benefit of future generations. Virginians, indeed all Americans, should be grateful. One of our nation’s most iconic natural landscapes is now protected in perpetuity,” said Joe Elton, Interim Director, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

VCLF will purchase the balance of the conservation land assets of 1,300 acres with a loan from the Virginia Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund administered by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Resources Authority.  Repayment of the loan will be funded through donations and operations of the Bridge.  Upon repayment of the loan, the property and operations will be conveyed to DCR—managers of the Virginia State Park system.

The Natural Bridge itself is designated as a Virginia Historic Landmark as well as a National Historic Landmark.  Known as one of the world’s natural wonders, the Natural Bridge of Virginia has attracted visitors from around the globe since the time of Thomas Jefferson’s ownership.  It is a significant local, regional and national attraction.

Woltz added, “Through the work of many people, Natural Bridge will remain one of the top scenic destinations not only in Virginia but across the U.S.”


About Woltz & Associates:
Woltz & Associates, Inc. is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest real estate auction/brokerage companies and specializes in estates, farms, ranches, commercial, industrial and investment properties, residential developments, office buildings, and timber, hunting and recreational land.

About Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund:
Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund, Inc. (“VCLF”) is a nonprofit organization which seeks to conserve an appropriate portion of Virginia’s natural resources for public access and enjoyment. Their work in preserving and restoring wildlife habitat is also designed to create economic activity through the recreational and mixed use of Virginia’s vast forests and open spaces. VCLF is a member of the 25 year old Roanoke, Va.- based Kissito Healthcare, Inc. (“Kissito”) a nonprofit charity working both domestically and internationally in health, aging, nutrition, and human development. The relationship between health, nutrition, and our natural environment is well documented. VCLF and Kissito seek to blend these three disciplines to improve the quality of life for the people of Virginia while sustaining our natural resources.

About the Natural Bridge:
The Natural Bridge is a portal to U.S. history.  Easy to get to and hard to forget, it is just off­ Interstate 81 in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.   Over five million years old, standing 215 feet at its highest reach, surveyed by George Washington and once owned by Thomas Jefferson, the Natural Bridge is in the esteemed list of being one of the most notable natural wonders of the New World.

To Be Sold at Auction: The Natural Bridge • The Natural Bridge Hotel • The Natural Bridge Gift Shop • The Caverns Of Natural Bridge • The Natural Bridge Wax Museum • 1600± Contiguous Acres Offered in 35 Individual Tracts.

The Natural Bridge of Virginia sits in the southern end of Rockbridge County, flanked by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Forged by nature millions of years ago, the solid limestone bridge stands 20 stories high with a span of 90 feet.

Known as one of the world’s natural wonders, the beauty and spectacle of The Natural Bridge of Virginia has attracted visitors from around the globe since the time of Thomas Jefferson’s ownership and continues today to be a significant local, regional and national attraction. During colonial times and into the early Republic, the Natural Bridge was considered one of the most notable natural wonders of the New World. Today the bridge itself is designated as a National Historic Landmark as well as a Virginia Historic Landmark.

It is doubtful that many properties exist today that are still privately owned which offer so much legacy and history. At the age of 18, George Washington is said to have surveyed the property for Lord Fairfax in 1750. Washington, as the story is told, is said to have scaled some twenty-three feet up the southeast wall of the Bridge and chiseled “G.W” into the stone wall. Thomas Jefferson first saw the Natural Bridge in August of 1767. On July 5, 1774, King George III granted 157 acres of land, including the Natural Bridge to Thomas Jefferson for 20 shillings. The history of the Natural Bridge is rich and deep and offers an incredible opportunity to private investment funds/individuals, hotel operators/investors, conservation groups, developers, land investors and individuals looking for a beautiful Virginia parcel of land to construct their own estate or dwelling.

The Bridge is a stone arch spanning a distance of 90 feet and towering 215 feet above Cedar Creek. Rockbridge County is named for the Bridge. U. S. Route 11 passes directly over the Natural Bridge and was the primary north-south corridor for travel and transportation through the Shenandoah Valley. Visitors can either walk down to the trail head on Cedar Creek or take a short bus ride. The trail under the Bridge and along Cedar Creek begins at the Summer House. At the Summer House visitors can enjoy beverages and food in the open dining area. The trail then leads to the Natural Bridge where visitors linger and take in the massiveness of this stone arch. From the Bridge, the Cedar Creek Nature trail continues through the Cedar Creek Gorge passing the Monacan Indian Village complete with interpreters and ending at Lace Falls. Visitors then return each evening to the Bridge to witness the Drama of Creation light show.


The second most significant feature of The Natural Bridge of Virginia is the famous Natural Bridge Hotel and Conference Center. The Hotels is a three story brick structure constructed in 1964 replacing the historic frame hotel. The Hotel is 71,640 square feet and boasts 92 guest rooms. The main floor includes lobbies, gift shop, offices, and restrooms, Jefferson Ballroom (5,600 square feet), Colonial Dining Room (Seats 200) and Kitchen. The Red Fox Lounge adjoins the Colonial Dining Room and seats 50. Adjacent to the main hotel is the Annex. This is a three story brick structure built in 1952 with 9,720 square feet and 30 guest rooms. In addition to the Annex there are eight brick cottages in close proximity to the Hotel which have an additional 36 guest rooms. The Natural Bridge Gift Shop is a 50,990 square foot brick building built in 1954 having slate roof and full two story columns on the front. On the first floor it houses the gift shop, restaurant, ticket sales, offices, restrooms and candy counter. On the lower level one will find restrooms, game room, butter fly exhibit and entrance to bus and Bridge pathway. The Natural Bridge Caverns are located a short distance north of the Hotel and have been opened to the public since 1977. Visitors enjoying the Natural Bridge Caverns tour descend more than 34 stories deep into the earth. The tour is highlighted by Mirror Lake, the Waterfall Room, the Canyon Room, the Colossal Dome Room, and the Wishing Well Room. The Cavern building was built in 1980 and houses the gift shop and entrance to the Caverns. Another major attraction at the Bridge is the Natural Bridge Wax Museum. The Wax Museum building is a two story brick structure built in 1957 with 14,052 square feet of space and also part of gift shop tract. For many years it has been leased to Dorfaman Museums who run the exhibit and have their workshop located here.


From I-81 Southbound take exit 180 and then Route 11 south. From I-81 Northbound take exit 175 and then north on Route 11.

Distances to Natural Bridge:
Blacksburg, VA – 69 miles
Charlottesville, VA – 80 miles
Fredericksburg, VA – 150 miles
Harrisonburg, VA – 70 miles
Lexington, VA – 16 miles
Lynchburg, VA – 35 miles
Norfolk, VA – 195 miles
Richmond, VA – 35 miles
Baltimore, MD – 226 miles
Charleston, WV – 195 miles
Charlotte, NC – 225 miles
Washington, DC – 180 miles
Asheville, NC – 270 miles



SOLD – The Great Blue Ridge Mountain Auction

The Great Blue Ridge Mountain Auction
In the Heart of Bluegrass Music Country

13,000 Acres offered in 200 Tracts
Ranging From 5 Acres to 500 Acres


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SOLD – Thousand Islands Auction

Clayton, New York
6 Valuable Properties Offered at Auction at the Clayton Opera House

Sale 1 – Tracts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7

Fox Run – On the magnificent Palisades along the St. Lawrence

Fox Run37247 NY State Route 12E , Clayton, NY, 13624, Jefferson County. This incredible villa with its Italian influence will be offered with 27± beautiful acres. It includes the nationally recognized gardens and grounds accredited and included in the Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian Institute. Having been the focus of many magazine articles and stories, this home offers unmatched surroundings and is one of the most spectacular waterfront properties in the 1000 islands region. Waterfalls along a small stream, flowing fountains, stone sculptures, pebbled walking trails, quiet sitting areas all embrace the privacy of this exclusive estate. There is a wonderful secluded garden house that looks like a fairy tale palace offering a peaceful retreat within the grounds. The crystal clear water of the St. Lawrence River splashes on the shoreline for almost 765 feet helping secure its uniqueness. A 50’ boat dock offers easy docking and access to enjoy this one of a kind water wonderland. The home encompasses approximately 6,000 square feet of incredible space having a magnificent 945 sq. ft. entertaining room with 10 foot ceilings and floor to ceiling windows. From the home’s perch on the rock bluff, one is introduced to some of the most exciting views of the St. Lawrence River and the spectacular sunsets over Lake Ontario. The property will be offered in two tracts, one with the manor home and 22 acres, the other with 5.8 acres and the garden house. Both will have river frontage. Suggested opening bid $1,500,000 for Tract 1. Shown on Inspection Dates or by appointment.

Directions: From Clayton – West on Rt. 12E towards Cape Vincent 4.6 miles. Tracts 1 and 2 are on the right; Tracts 4 and 5 on the left; Tract 6 and 7 front on Pelo Rd. From Cape Vincent – 12E towards Clayton, go 10.3 miles.

Sales 1 and 2 – Tracts 1 thru 9

Fox Run Aerial Lion’s Head Aerial

Tract 1 – Fox Run – 22± acres
6000± sq foot Italian villa with 515± feet of frontage on the St. Lawrence River, nationally renowned gardens and incredible grounds, 50’ boat dock, big views of the river.

Tract 2 – Fox Run – 5.8± acres
240± feet of river frontage, a quaint garden house with beautiful arched windows overlooking the gardens and fountains which have been the centerpiece of many articles by national garden magazines.

Tract 3 – Lion’s Head 15.6± acres
5600± sq ft of beautifully finished space, 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 5 fireplaces, huge outdoor stone patio, a swim
platform on the river, large garage and a detached timber frame barn/workshop with an upstairs loft area and 470± feet of river frontage perfectly blended with the existing conservation easement.

Tract 4 – 23.15± acres
Frontage on Route 12E. It is open, level hay/pasture land that would make a great recreational property or farming tract. The existing conservation easement allows for horse/cattle barns, farm buildings and related structures in addition to a residence of your size and design. Sold without Reserve.

Tract 5 – 97.95± acres
Long frontage on 12E just across from tracts 1-3. This is a great agricultural and recreational tract which has the same opportunities as tract 4 with the addition of owning 1/2 of a large duck pond which was installed with the help of Ducks Unlimited and the Corps of Engineers. Sold without Reserve.

Tract 6 – 29.2± acres
Frontage on Pelo Rd. This open, rolling tract has unlimited potential as a development tract, agricultural/ farming or recreational property. It is enhanced by having the property on two sides in a conservation easement. There are great tax benefits, both Federal and State, by placing this in a conservation easement. Please see the link to
the Thousand Islands Land Trust site for additional information. Sold without Reserve.

Tract 7 – 91.9± acres
Long frontage on Pelo Rd. A duck hunters paradise. This tract would be a wonderful recreational boundary which has the other half of the large duck pond mentioned in tract 5. This property is currently under a 30 year easement with the Natural Resource Conservation Service that has 28 years remaining at which time it becomes an unrestricted tract. Sold without Reserve.

Tract 8 – 33.8± acres
Frontage on Pelo Rd. This track has a beautiful 3 acre building envelope with the balance of the land being left in its natural state which is in a conservation easement. This property joins the NRCS easement with the duck pond/habitat. Sold without Reserve.

Tract 9 – 16.72± acres
Excellent home site. This remarkable waterfront parcel offers majestic views of the St. Lawrence River and Canada. Lovely meadow and cedar and hemlock woods. 507 feet of waterfront. Good frontage on public road but no driveway yet established. Protected by conservation easement.

Terms & Conditions (Sales 1- 6):

REGISTRATION: Bids will be accepted only from registered bidders. Registration begins at 10:00 AM. Please bring a driver’s license for identification.
AUCTION SALE: Sale 1 – Tracts 4 thru 7; Sale 2 – Tract 8; and Sale 4 – Tracts 1 and 2 will be sold absolute to the high bidder. Sale 1 – Tracts 1 and 2; Sale 2 – Tract 3; Sale 3; Sale 5 – Tracts 1 thru 6; and Sale 6 will be sold subject to Seller confirmation of the high bid.
ALL SALES ARE FINAL: All property is auctioned “AS IS, WHERE IS” with all faults in its
condition at the time of sale without recourse by way of refund, reduction of the purchase price, or otherwise. Bidders should perform such independent investigation with respect to the property as they deem necessary or appropriate.
LIABILITY: Bidders inspecting property enter at their own risk. Auction Company assumes no risk for bodily injury or damage to personal property.
BIDDING: Qualified bidders may bid on individual tracts, any grouping of tracts or on the whole property as offered at the auction. The auctioneer will determine all bid increments. All decisions by the auctioneer regarding bid acceptance are final.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Announcements on day of sale take precedence over all prior releases, verbal and written, concerning this auction sale.
BUYER’S PREMIUM: The Buyer’s Premium on the real estate is 5% of the high bid amount. The Buyer’s Premium will be added to the high bid to determine the final sale price.
AGENCY: Schrader Real Estate & Auction Company, Inc., (Rex D. Schrader, Broker NY#32SC1115028), Woltz & Associates, Inc. (Auctioneers) and their representatives REPRESENT THE SELLERS.
LEAD PAINT: Some of the residential property in this auction was built prior to 1978 and may contain lead-based paint. A lead-paint inspection may be performed by bidders prior to the auction sale date. Applicable lead paint documents and information are available from Auction Company. For property built prior to 1978, bidders will be provided a lead-paint disclosure prior to signing a real estate purchase agreement and agree to waive the ten (10) day right to inspection after the auction sale.
REAL ESTATE DEPOSIT: A deposit in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the contract sale price will be required on day of sale. The deposit is payable by cash, cashier’s check, or pre-approved personal check payable to: Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, P.C., Counselors at Law for Sale 2. For all other properties, checks should be made payable to: Schwerzmann & Wise, P.C. Personal checks will be approved subject to collection if the Buyer presents a bank letter stating that the Buyer is a customer of the bank and the checking account is in good standing.
REAL ESTATE DEED: The real estate will be conveyed by warranty deed or fiduciary deed free and clear of liens, subject, however, to any rights of way, easements and restrictions of record. The balance of the purchase price is due at settlement on or before September 29, 2008 for Sale 3. Settlement is due on or before October 29, 2008 for Sales 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6. Property will be deeded to the registered bidder in the manner purchased at the auction.
BOUNDARY LINES: Boundaries on aerial photos and topo maps are approximate. Refer to the survey for exact boundary locations of each property.
BROKER PARTICIPATION: A 2% Buyer Referral Fee will be paid to the appropriately licensed real estate broker whose prospect successfully closes on the property sold in this auction. The referral fee is based upon the actual purchase price and will be paid at closing from the proceeds of the sale. Brokers must strictly follow all guidelines set by Schrader Real Estate & Auction Co., Inc. and must be registered by 5:00 PM (EDT) Wednesday, August 27, 2008. Call Auction Company for details and Broker Registration Forms or download the guidelines and form (PDF format) .
GENERAL: The information contained in this brochure is subject to verification by all parties
relying on it. No liability for its accuracy, error, or omissions is assumed by the Seller or the Auction Company.

Sale is being held in conjunction with Exit More Real Estate.