The Rutledge Farm consists of two parcels with a total amount of approximately 128.89 acres. The property contains mostly open pasture, streams and a pond and is operated as a horse farm. The property is currently planned for development of 9 housing lots (8 cluster and one rural economy). The gift of easement will reduce the development rights for to a maximum of 3 divisions.
The Rutledge Farm is an outstanding subject for land preservation and conservation. It consists of gently rolling farmland with streams and a pond. The fields and tree lines provide habitat and food sources for wildlife. Neighboring properties are in conservation easements adding to the value of the easement.
Rutledge Farm lies within the Lower Goose Creek watershed. The watershed is also preserved through the conservation easement by protecting the surface water flows and drainage on the property from degradation by erosion and animal waste pollution. It contains unnamed streams that feed into Goose Creek. Goose Creek feeds into the Potomac River and ultimately into the Chesapeake Bay. The easement will provide in excess of the 100-foot minimum stream buffer called for in the Loudoun County Comprehensive Plan.
The property 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.”
Rutledge Farm has been in continuous agricultural use and is currently used for equestrian activities.