October Hill Property
October Hill consists of 5 parcels with a total of about 55.24 acres. The property is primarily open with small areas of forest growth. It is currently approved for development of 10 housing lots. The gift of easement will curtail the development to a maximum of 2 lots in total.
The farm consists of gently rolling farmland with woodland areas. The fields, croplands and tree lines provide habitat and food sources for wildlife. Neighboring properties are in the process of conservation which adds to the value of this easement.
October Hill meets the criteria for conservation based on its scenic value due to its rolling hillside, pastures, trees, and wildlife habitat which provide pleasing examples o the scenic boundary between the Piedmont and Blue Ridge elevations.
October Hill falls within the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area which was passed by congress and signed into law by President Bush in 2008. The JTHG NHA recognizes the unparalleled cultural, historic, and scenic resources within the entire JTHG NHA corridor, encompassing all or part of 15 counties in 4 states: Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia.
The property is visible from Lincoln Road (Rt. 722), a Virginia Scenic Byway and conservation of this property conforms with the Loudoun County policy to protect scenic byways.