The Taylor Farm consists of four parcels totaling 233.7022 acres and is situated in the center of western Loudoun County, VA. It lies southeast of the town of Lincoln. The property contains approximately 160 acres of crop and pasture land, 28 acres of woods along creeks and fences, a 19th century house, and several 19th century barns. The gift of easement will limit the subdivision of the property to a maximum of 5 lots, while encouraging agricultural use, preservation of opens pace, and protection of historic resources and watersheds.
The Taylor Farm Property includes:
1. Coolbrook Farm House, Barns and Pasture, circa early 1800's
2. Ferris Hill Farm Barns and Pasture, circa 1877
3. Portions of the Old Manassas Gap Railroad Bed, circa 18 5 1
The Property lies in the National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Landmarks Register Goose Creek Historic District, in and along the Lincoln Preservation Foundation Historic Lincoln Loop, and in the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Natural Heritage Area.
Coolbrook Farm includes a house, several barns and farmland and was built in the early 1800's according to Loudoun County: 250 Years of Towns and Villages (Images of American Series) by Mary Fishback. Henry Smith Taylor (H.S. Taylor) and wife Hannah Janney Brown Taylor added onto the Coolbrook House in 1827 and their family and future generations of Taylors, including Thomas Edward Taylor and Mary Splawn Taylor, have lived in the house and farmed the property ever since. The location of Coolbrook Farm is noted as H.S. Taylor on the 1853 Map of Loudoun County Virginia from Actual Surveys by Yardley Taylor, a brother of Henry Smith Taylor. Coolbrook Farm qualifies as a Century Farm by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services because it has been: owned by the same family for at least 100 consecutive years; lived on, or actually farmed by, a descendent of the original owners; and grossed more than $2,500 annually from the sale of farm products.
The Barns at Ferris Hill were built around 1877 and include two large barns and a corn crib. The bed of the Old Manassas Gap Railroad is still in existence northwest of Coolbrook Farm and west of Taylor Road.
The Taylor Farm Property is located in the Goose Creek Historic District and the Historic Lincoln Loop. The Goose Creek Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and is a 10,000 acre area containing historic farms of the 13th and 19th Centuries, in addition to the village of Lincoln that the Quakers established as the Goose Creek Meeting in 1763. The Lincoln Preservation Foundation was founded in 1999 to document and preserve the unique historic heritage and environment of the Goose Creek Historic District and the village of Lincoln. The Historic Lincoln Loop was established by the Lincoln Preservation Foundation as a guide for travelers visiting the Goose Creek Historic District.
The Taylor Farm Property is located in the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area as well, which is sponsored by a four-state partnership to celebrate and preserve the scenic and historically rich landscape of this region. 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 Taylor Farm Property has approximately 5,900 feet of road frontage on Foundry Road, Taylor Road, and Crooked Run Road. The view sheds of the Taylor Farm Property from Foundry Road and Taylor Road include unobstructed pastoral views characteristic of the old farms of Loudoun County. Views of the Taylor Farm Property include cattle grazing on rolling hillsides, historic home and barns in good condition that predate the Civil War, and an aesthetic mix of farmland, meandering streams, and tree-lined fence rows. The Taylor Farm Property is located in the National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Landmarks Register Goose Creek Historic District, Loudoun Preservation Foundation Historic Lincoln Loop, and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area.
The soils at Taylor Farm are considered the best agricultural soils in Loudoun County. Approximately 54.84 acres (23% of the total acres of the Taylor Farm Property) are classified as Prime Farmland (likely to produce high yields) based on soil type. A total of 197 acres (74% of the total acres of the Taylor Farm Property) contain soils of Statewide Importance to Agriculture, including 122 acres (46%) classified as Secondary Cropland (likely to produce moderate yields) and 75 acres (28%) classified as suitable for Grassland Agriculture (hay and pasture). In all, 97% of the soils at Taylor Farm are good for agricultural purposes.
Hydric soils at the Taylor Farm Property are associated with stream channels and amount to approximately 21 acres. Similarly, floodplains at Taylor Farm are associated with stream channels and include about 38 acres. The land at the Taylor Farm Property is generally gently rolling and rarely steep, and includes approximately 54 acres of moderately steep slopes (15 to 25% slope) and 0.4 acres of steep slopes (> 25% slope). The topography at Taylor Farm ranges from 360 to 480 feet asl. Water and Wetlands The Taylor Farm Property features approximately 6,500 linear feet of perennial streams, including Crooked Run and tributaries of Crooked Run.
Crooked Run flows south to the North Branch of Goose Creek, then to Goose Creek, a State designated Scenic River, and then to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. Crooked Run and its tributaries are fed from runoff and shallow groundwater from the village of Lincoln area and Purcellville area.