Hope Springs Marina LLC was created on March 26, 1993. A partnership of four local businessmen was formed with the sole purpose of purchasing a marina. We were all boaters with a common desire to create a one-of-a-kind experience for boaters like ourselves. About three years later, one of the partners sold out his interest to the other three, who are still partners and friends today. The Marina had originally been used as a campground. Over time, a pier was added and the marina was named Cavalier Marina. Back then, Aquia Ski Club operated out of the marina. They had regular meetings here and actually had a ski-jump and slalom course in the cove across from the marina. In the mid-eighties, Cavalier Marina was sold and renamed Fairfax Marina by its new owner, who owned another business in Fairfax. The new owner had big plans for expansion, including a crab house, tackle shop, indoor boat storage, picnic pavilion, 4 piers and a BBQ restaurant with entertainment on weekends. Unfortunately for him, the economy turned down in the early nineties and he was forced to sell. We were in the right place at the right time and were able to acquire it in 1993. Since then, we have been building out the original site plan with many modifications and improvements. The transformation is nearly complete; from a rundown, overgrown 45 slip marina/campground in 1993 to a beautiful, modern, state-of-the-art facility today.
In our 24 years of ownership, we have greatly expanded our footprint here as well. We first acquired a 1/2 acre lot and house where we now store boats in the backyard. The house is gone now, but it’s picture is included in the book Then and Now – Stafford County by Anita Dodd and Amanda Lee. Next, we were able to purchase the house and adjacent lot across Hope Springs Lane from us which we use for overflow parking from the boat ramp. Several years later, we purchased 6 1/2 acres from the railroad, directly behind us running along the train track. Sometime in the future, we may be able to create more parking when needed. Finally, we were able to acquire the small triangle of land to the right of our entrance, where our sign and mailbox are. This now gives us a total of nearly 14 acres of land.
Growing and creating this marina has been the most enjoyable, rewarding experience that I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of. I look forward to coming to work every day and treasure the time spent with all of my fellow boaters. Thanks for allowing me to live my dream!
Jimmy Franklin, Managing Partner