Shuttered Cecil County wedding venue faces foreclosure auction
The Winery at Elk Manor, a 157-acre Cecil County wedding venue that closed abruptly in August after the owner’s guilty plea to federal tax fraud, will be put up for foreclosure auction this month.
The auction is scheduled for noon Oct. 21 at the front entrance of the Cecil County Circuit Court, 129 E. Main St. in Elkton.
The property on the Elk River in North East includes a 4,716-square-foot manor house, two event halls, four residential buildings, two barns, 17 sheds and a 7-acre winery, according to Alex Cooper Real Estate, which has been contracted as the auction agent. The property’s address is 88 Rivers Edge Road.
The closure of the venue, which features a 2,000-foot stretch of riverfront, came with no notice and no mention of refunds to couples who had put down deposits for weddings there.
The owner, Simon Tusha, 43, of Forest Park, pleaded guilty this year to federal tax fraud stemming from more than $2.7 million in bribes prosecutors said he received as a technology executive from data center companies in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands from 2008 to 2010.
Paul Cooper, the Alex Cooper agent handling the auction, said that the foreclosure was due to an unpaid mortgage.
Louis Ebert, the substitute trustee, declined to comment when reached Tuesday.
After the venue is sold, all other property of the Winery at Elk Manor LLC and Elk Manor Operations LLC, will be auctioned, including the furniture, artwork, tents, accounts, inventory, tools and equipment.
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