Residents of Washington, VA, naturally bristled a bit when developer set sites on their "empty, vacant" town, declaring historic inn "leverage" for improvement.

"The Post reported recently on the spending spree of developer Jim Abdo in tiny Washington, Va. The article was of great interest to many of us in Rappahannock County who are concerned about the ramifications of Abdo’s purchases and his astonishing presumptions about our county seat. Ours is a bucolic, quiet, rural community, and suddenly Abdo has announced great plans to change that. The resentment here is palpable, and feelings are raw." -- Ben Jones, the Washington Post