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After 75 years, Tappan Lake Marina is sold

After 75 years as a family-owned business, the Tappan Lake Marina is being sold. It's an emotional new chapter for the family that grew up at the lake.

After 75 years as a family-owned business, the Tappan Lake Marina is being sold.

It's an emotional new chapter for the family that grew up at the lake.

The marina’s keys will be turned over to the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District on Jan. 1.

For Sandy Henry and her sister, Cathy Cramblett, the marina is all the two have ever known.

"I feel more comfortable here than I do in my own living room, actually," Henry said.

Their grandfather started the marina in 1942. The business was turned over to their father and his brother and sister before the third generation began operations in 1986.

On Friday, the two sisters reminisced while sorting through pictures and sharing memories. Not all the memories were good.

The Tappan Marina was forced to rebuild twice – after a fire and a tornado.

"I've grown up here since I was born,” Cramblett said. “And we've raised our kids here, and our kids have raised their kids there, so this is a very, very hard decision."

The family is hopeful it will be business as usual on the lake next spring under Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.

But that won't make the transition any easier.

"It's going to be a very emotional challenge to clean out the building and move on, but we're ready for the next chapter of our lives," Henry said.

"It's just time. It's just time for us," Cramblett said.

"I just want to thank all of my customers and friends, and we appreciate them a lot,” co-owner Dick Henry said. “We're just ready for the next phase of life, I guess. "

A farewell party is planned for Oct. 14.


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