MB Airmont Farms consists of about 642 acres. The property is bisected by Snickersville Turnpike with approximately 324 acres north of the turnpike and 318 acres south of the turnpike. Of the 642 total acres, approximately 539 acres are field and 104 acres are wooded. There are three (4) ponds and one (1) lake on the property. The property was planned for development of approximately 118 housing lots. The gift of easement resulted in 14 lots remaining.
The property is currently being farmed for hay and cattle.It has a mixture of prime farmland, grassland agriculture, and woodland Use. Protection of the farm, which is designated by Loudoun County as prime farmland soils qualifies as an important conservation purpose for “Agricultural Use” in section A(1)(a)(3) of the Conservation Value Review Criteria of the VLCF.
Airmont Farms contains two (2) forests of over 20 acres. According to the Forestry Management Plan, the northern forest contains approximately 46 acres and the southern parcel contains about 58 acres of trees. The Forestry Management Plan states that the forests are “well stocked with desirable timber species” such as Yellow Poplar, Red Oak, White Oak, Black Oak, Ash, Chestnut Oak, Black Walnut, and Hickory.
The property contains several buildings worthy of protection as well as historical archaeological sites. The main house on the property, Levinworth, was built about 1810. It was the birthplace of Lucien Powell who became Loudoun County’s most prominent artist, painting much of the county’s historic landscapes. The house is identified as Historic Property No. 53-1068 with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. The protection of this use potentially qualifies as an important conservation purpose for “Historic Preservation” in section A (4) (a) (1) of the Conservation Value Review Criteria of the VLCF.
The property may also contain the historic site of Bacon’s Fort, built about 1740. The fort was part of the defenses during the French and Indian war as well as a significant outpost in the early settlement of what became Loudoun County. MB Airmont Farms, LLC is working with the Snickersville Turnpike Association to create a “pull off with historic signage identifying the original site of Bacon Fort, where in 1769, when it had become an ordinary, George Washington, his wife, and her daughter ‘slept there’ on their way from Mt. Vernon to Berkeley Springs, (now) West Virginia.” (The Pike Packet, June 2006)
The property contains over one (1) mile of frontage on the North Fork of Beaverdam Creek. There are also several tributaries on the farm that feed the creek. The Beaverdam Creek watershed is an area designated as worthy of special environmental protection in the Loudoun County Comprehensive Plan and an important subwatershed for the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay.
The property contains about one (1) mile of frontage on the north and south sides of Snickersville Turnpikes which is listed as a “scenic byway” by Virginia’s Department of Transportation. Snickersville Turnpike was used by George Washington and both Confederate and Union troops during the Civil War. Snickersville Turnpike Association states on their website, “with extraordinary cultural and aesthetic value, [Snickersville Turnpike] lead[s] to and pass[es] within areas of historical, natural and recreational significance, linking Loudoun's old towns and villages.
The property falls within the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area. The JTHG Corridor Management Plan (draft 2008) calls for “working with existing and available tools[to] maintain the intrinsic qualities of the Byway primarily through private, voluntary land conservation efforts; [using] existing and available tax incentives for historic preservation and land conservation; and the application of existing local land use plans, regulations, policies and design guidelines.” The value of continuing to preserve the view shed provided by this property fully meets the goals of the plan.