In 1775, Lord Fairfax deeded the land to George Washington for survey work.
Originally known as Greystone House, this property was the site of considerable fighting during the Civil War, as was the surrounding area in general. Nearby, Ashby Gap’s was a strategic focal point for both sides in the Civil War because of its proximity to Winchester and the fact that whichever side controlled the Gap also controlled the access to the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley from the east. The Grey Ghost, Colonel John S. Mosby, staged many of his famous raids in and around this area, and his Raiders figure prominently in local history and folklore. At one point, Union soldiers stored horses behind the property until confederate troops drove them off the property.
When the former owners purchased the property in 1970, the front door still bore scars where Yankee soldiers had kicked it in. They set about restoring the place; first as a country get-away for themselves and later as a bed and breakfast, opening the 1763 Inn and Restaurant in April of 1986. The former owners, The O’Connor family, purchased the 1763 Inn in April of 2007 and renamed it The Blackthorne Inn.
In summer 2016, Easton Porter Group purchased the Blackthorne Inn. Easton Porter Group is co-owned by Lynn Easton and Dean Andrews. The property is currently closed for renovations. It is expected to reopen in 2022 as a country resort with a new name.