NATURAL BRIDGE, Va. -

 Natural Bridge is slated to re-open this weekend, and the nearby hotel will welcome guests again by March 14th.

About 35 people are now on staff. They're busy cleaning the facilities and making other preparations for a fresh start.

"We've got a long list of events that we're planning, and it's really our hope that the community participates," said Tom Clarke. "We spoke with someone this morning about purchasing food locally.  We really consider ourselves part of the community and we want to be good neighbors with everybody."

Natural Bridge closed in January, during the transition to new ownership.
Clarke predicts the attraction will employ 250 people within a couple of years.