Kuhn family reaches agreement with Rockland Farm to buy White’s Ferry
Chuck Kuhn, J.K. Moving Services founder and large Loudoun landowner, and his wife, Stacy Kuhn, have reached an agreement with Rockland Farm, LLC, to purchase White’s Ferry, with plans to restore commuter service across the Potomac River between Loudoun and Montgomery counties. Established in 1786, the ferry ceased operation after storm damage in December 2020.
Kuhn will be working with Peter Brown, the majority owner of Rockland Farm in their effort to get the ferry reopened to its nearly 800 daily users. The purchase agreement, finalized on Feb. 11, includes the ferry, as well as a store and the ferry dock on the Maryland shoreline.
“White’s Ferry represents a piece of our region’s past as an early commerce route that built and sustained local economies and remains so today,” said Kuhn. “This fits with my family’s interest in conserving land and history as well as supporting business and the local communities. White’s Ferry has provided an important and scenic transportation alternative to the swelling demands on our local roads,” he explained. “We look forward to working with nearby landowners and local jurisdictions to make this viable for the region.”
Necessary repairs to the ferry and property are taking place immediately and replacement cables are on site to fix the ferry following December storm damage. They are ready to install as soon as terms are negotiated between Kuhn and Rockland Farm. Kuhn’s goal is to purchase the Virginia land site or negotiate a permanent easement with Rockland Farm so the ferry never ceases operating again. The ferry can be operational within seven days of being granted Virginia shore rights.
“The previous owners of White’s Ferry have done a remarkable job serving the community,” commented Kuhn. “We look forward to bringing a fresh perspective to the ferry, enhancing the experience for riders and making a number of upgrades to the store.”
The Kuhns will begin working with the Coast Guard, Loudoun County, Montgomery County and Rockland Farms’ Peter Brown to open the ferry. The Kuhns plan to make a number of upgrades to the ferry over the next few years, bringing more operational and environmental efficiencies to improve services and preserve a piece of history.
Other ways that Kuhn, his family, and his company have protected local landmarks and supported the community include:
- Purchasing Westpark with the intention of placing 135 of those acres into a conservation easement for a park and to protect the open space from future development.
- Partnering with Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy to buy and place into conservation easement an 87-acre parcel of land in northern Loudoun County called Stumptown Woods that has more native species of plants and wildlife indigenous to Loudoun and Virginia than is typical.
- Starting the JK Community Farm, a charitable effort designed to alleviate hunger by growing and harvesting crops and livestock and donating them to local foodbanks, on 150 acres of conserved land in Purcellville.
- Buying the historic Middleburg Training Center, which was placed into conservation easement and is now fully renovated.
- Purchasing and placing several thousand acres near Loudoun’s historic villages into easement, including Egypt Farm–which had been previously owned by developers, the historic Wolver Hill farm in Middleburg, and recently three farms outside the town of Waterford.