The Shugars Farm consists of 69 acres. The property is primarily open farm land with areas of forest growth. A Concept Development Plan reflects the property has potential to support up to 13 housing lots under the current AR-1 zoning. The gift of easement will curtain the development rights to a maximum of 2 divisions in total. Each potential parcel is severely restricted by the conservation easement donated to Old Dominion Land Conservancy.
Shugars Farm is an outstanding subject for land preservation and conservation. It has been in continuous agricultural use and is currently used for crops such as corn and soy bean production.
The property contains about one half mile of frontage on Milltown Road (Rt. 673), a State Scenic Byway.
Shugars Farm 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.” (JTHG Corridor Management Plan, 2008, page 4). Lands officially designated as scenic by a local, state or federal agency, provided that in each case the designating agency supplies a specific description of the lands or area so designated or recommended meet the safe harbors for conservation purposes for the scenic preservation category per section A (7) (a) (4) of the Conservation Value Review Criteria of the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation.