NATURAL BRIDGE, Va. (AP) - Virginia's Natural Bridge is reopening for the first time since it was sold to new owners.
The Roanoke Times reports that the tourist attraction is scheduled reopen on Saturday with updates to the hotel and new events.
Natural Bridge was sold last month by its private owner to a conservation group and is destined to become part of the state park system.
The naturally formed, 90-foot-long limestone bridge and 1,500 surrounding acres was sold for $8.6 million. The former owner tossed in the bridge, valued at $21 million, and will receive tax credits in exchange.
The property includes 35 parcels, caverns, a 150-room hotel and cabins.
The 215-foot-high stone bridge was once owned by Thomas Jefferson and has been a centuries-old tourist attraction. It is located south of Lexington. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com