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. 

About ODLC

Founded to protect land and water resources for their natural, scenic, recreational, historic, and agricultural values, the Old Dominion Land Conservancy (ODLC) also seeks to educate the public on why land conservancy is so very important and so easily overlooked.

ODLC accepts land donations, but also tailors conservation easements to meet the specific needs and conservation purposes of each landowner and ODLC. We have been hard at our task for the past 15 years.

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Contact ODLC

Old Dominion Land Conservancy, Inc.
  621 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132

  Office: 540-338-0077
  Fax: 540-338-9676

  Mon - Fri - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  Henry Stribling, Executive Director

ODLC Mission

  Foster the importance of conservation

  Protect and preserve historic countryside

  Protect and preserve water resources

  Protect and preserve the Chesapeake Bay

  Create parks and trails

  Help preserve rural farmlands

  Control development through conservation