The Accomac sold for $1M

New owner floats multiple possibilities

The Accomac - (Photo / File)

The historic Accomac restaurant in Hellam Township, York County, has a new owner — a Lancaster County native who lives in Seattle and has a number of ideas for the historic riverfront property.

York-based Rock Commercial Real Estate, the listing broker for the property at 6330 River Drive, confirmed Wednesday that the shuttered restaurant changed hands last week.

York bankruptcy attorney Lawrence Young of the CGA Law Firm confirmed that Henry Leon Shenk bought the Accomac out of bankruptcy for $1 million. Shenk is a native of Lancaster County who now lives in Seattle and owns a seafood distribution business.

The purchase price included $600,000 for the real estate, $80,000 for the furniture, fixtures and restaurant equipment and $320,000 for the liquor license, Young said.

Plans for reopening the restaurant and catering operations remain unclear. In a press release Thursday, the new owner said he is interested in the vision that township residents have for the property along the Susquehanna River. He also floated a few ideas of his own, including “sustainable food service, recreation, education, bed and breakfast, yoga, stand up boarding and/or arts and entertainment.”

Shenk said his goal is to have the business open by April 1.

“I know that I would like this place to be open from morning to night for people to enjoy,” he said.

In the interim, the Accomac River Dock will be available for bring-your-own food and beverage picnics, according to the release. Anyone interested in making picnic reservations or sharing an idea is encouraged to contact Carl Leaman at 717-615-7529 or by emailing carl@bethebestbusiness.net.

Leaman was not immediately available for comment.


The 150-seat Accomac, which sits on 7.9 acres of riverfront real estate, stopped serving food in late October and has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy since November. Its asking price was dropped to $995,000 after originally hitting the market in January for nearly $1.4 million.

Rock’s John Birkeland represented longtime owners Douglas and Charlene Calvert Campbell, who have moved to Arizona to spend more time with family. AJ Leaman of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage represented the buyer.

The Accomac’s 16,502-square-foot stone and concrete structure has a storied history dating back to the American Revolution. Before the Campbells took over, The Accomac also included an inn.

The Campbells had operated it as a restaurant and catering business since 1971.

This story has been updated to include information from the new owner.

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