McKimmey - Whiteley Property
The property consists of about 133 acres of land in the northeast section of Loudoun County not far from the community of Luketts. the farm is composed of gently rolling pasture and hap fields with an unnamed stream bisecting the property. The property is currently permitted to contain 21 housing lots. The gift of conservation easement will enable the family to retain the right to have 5 lots with 4 additional houses. The existing house will be on one lot. The property is in an area of Loudoun County that is predominately limestone based bedrock which results in poor water and septic conditions.
Visible from Spinks Ferry Road and Chapel Lane, the property is within the state designated Catoctin Rural Historic District.
McKimmey Farm also 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.
The watershed is protected by preserving the surface waterway on the property. The creek feeds into the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. The farm is currently used for cattle and hay production. The land has been farmed by the McKimmey family for three generations. The family plans to continue farming the property.