Old Waterford Farm
Old Waterford Farm consists of one parcel of approximately 207.34 acres of mostly fields with about 91 acres of forest. The property is currently used for farming, including a vineyard and hay production. The property was planned for development of approximately 27 housing lots. This gift of easement will result in 3 lots remaining.
The farm's easement matches the goals of Loudoun county's Comprehensive Plan for protecting the environment in the following areas:
Ensure Loudoun is environmentally sound - protecting, sustaining, and enhancing the County's air quality, water resources, soils, landscape, wildlife, and other natural and man-made resources, including the historic and archaeological heritage, to benefit both present and future generations.
Ensure rural residential development that maintains rural character, preserves the environment, water quality and natural features, and develops at overall densities that do not exceed the capacity of rural roads and public facilities, or compromise the growth of the rural economy.
Old Waterford Farm contains 60 acres of wooded areas. It also consists of gently rolling farmland, steep slopes, creeks, and woodland areas. The diversity of the environment on the property provides a great opportunity to protect land that will allow for multiple habitats for wildlife.
The property is just outside the town of Waterford, VA, a National Historic Landmark. Preserving this farm helps protect the historic nature of the surrounding countryside which enhances Waterford's preservation efforts.
Old Waterford Farm also 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.