The Palmer Farm consists of two lots. The first lot is about 70.42 acres and the second lot is 135.33 acres. Along Dutchman's Creek Road the properties are separated by another lot but the properties connect along the Potomac River. The two properties combined contain about one mile of frontage on the Potomac River and about half a mile of frontage on Dutchman's Creek. The land also contains actively farmed open fields, substantial hardwood forests and steep slopes. Currently planned for a housing development, the proposed gift of easement will result in _____ lots remaining.
The farm is currently planted with corn and hay. The property on Dutchman's Creek Road was designated by Loudoun County as "Agricultural" for the purposes of use value assessment and taxation. the land has a mixture of Prime Farmland, Grassland Agriculture, and Woodland Use. the property also contains forests that cover over 20 acres along gently rolling hills and steep slopes. The property up the road is almost completely wooded and contains steep slopes. This piece of property is designated by Loudoun County as devoted to forestal use for the purposes of use value assessment and taxation.
The property contains about one mile of frontage on the Potomac River, a state designated Scenic River and a federally designated American Heritage river, and is visible form the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park. The land 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 Palmer Farm contains about one half mile of frontage on Dutchman's Creek. The Loudoun County Comprehensive plan designated the area surrounding Dutchman's Creek as a Major Watershed. The property also contains significant wetlands and floodplain areas.