Orme Hitchen Property
The Orme Hitchen Property consists of about 115.03 acres with the possibility of 4 housing lots. The property is located in the view-shed of the Shenandoah national Park, Skyline Drive and the Appalachian Trail. It also fronts part of the Rush and Covington rivers which flow into the Rappahannock River. The gift of easement will result in 2 lots with the availability of 2 additional homes.
The Orme Hitchen easement will preserve the view shed and natural setting of the surrounding area. It also lays on a hill clearly visible from the surrounding countryside. It will keep the land open for wildlife and protect the natural and scenic character of the land.
The multi-state Chesapeake 2000 Agreement calls for the preservation of 20 percent of the land area in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This property will add to the growing number of properties being preserved in Virginia in the effort to reach this goal. With frontage on the Rush and Covington rivers, this easement will help to protect the Rappahannock River and the Chesapeake Bay from pollution.
Rapahannock County is the historic home to the Manahoacs and Iroquois Indians who hunted and fished in the area. Colonization by English settlers began around 1725 with settlers moving westward from the Tidewater areas. This population was further increased by Scots-Irish from west of the Blue Ridge and Germans from the north and from the Germanna Ford area in modern Spotsylvania and Culpeper Counties.