Ashby Estates Property
Ashby Estates consists of about 26.2 acres. The property is both open and wooded with a pond, stream and wetlands. The property borders land under conservation easement which is owned by the Town of Purcellville and is used for the town's drinking water supply. Ashby Estates is currently approved for development of 4 housing lots. The gift of easement will curtail the development to a maximum of one house with no other divisions.
The watershed is preserved through the conservation easement by protecting the surface water flows and drainage on the property. the unnamed stream on the property feeds into the South Fork of the Catoctin Creek which feeds into the Potomac River and ultimately into the Chesapeake Bay.
Ashby Estates falls within the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area. The National heritage Area was designated through legislation passed on April 29, 2008, and signed by President Bush on May 8, 2008. The legislation, S. 2739, passed the House on April 29, 2008, by a vote of 291 to 117 and the Senate on April 10, 2008, by a vote of 91 to 4. The JTHG NHA recognizes the unparalleled cultural, historic and scenic resources within the entire JTHG corridor, encompassing all or part of 15 counties in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia.