Land Trust of Virginia Announces 88-Acre Conservation Easement in Middleburg | New
On Wednesday, the Land Trust of Virginia announced that Jolee Farm, an 87.8-acre property along Snickersville Turnpike in Middleburg, has been placed under permanent conservation easement.
The property is owned by Joe Keating and Tiffany Lee, who wanted to ensure the preservation of their property for future generations.
“We have found it important to play our role in conserving properties in Loudoun County,” Keating said in a prepared statement. “We have learned the value of conservation easements while researching properties to buy, and we hope to inspire other landowners to take these steps to preserve our limited natural and historic resources. “
Nicknamed using a combination of their names, Jolee Farm sits 2.8 miles northwest of Aldie with over half a mile (3,400 feet) of frontage on Snickersville Turnpike, a designated Virginia Byway road.
This visibility, along with its high elevation, has made the property an important conservation feature in maintaining the panoramic agricultural view of the surrounding area for all to enjoy, according to the Land Trust of Virginia.
There are three other conservation and open space easements adjacent to Jolee Farm, including one owned by LTV at Dresden Farm.
“This is only our first step in protecting and enhancing the conservation values of our property,” Lee said in a prepared statement. “We are planning to plant a significant number of trees to increase our forest cover and hope that our friends and family will join us by planting a tree with us when they visit. These trees, planted in their honor, will create special memories over the years. “
Partly the site of the Battle of Aldi during the Civil War, the historic integrity of Jolee Farm has now been preserved with a no-construction zone where the property coincides with a mapped battlefield. This distinction also helped reduce easement donation costs through the use of LTV’s Deborah Whittier Fitts Battlefield Stewardship Fund, established in 2009.
“Jolee Farm protects an important part of the field of vision when driving along Snickersville Turnpike,” said Sally Price, executive director of LTV in a statement. “The public benefit of this easement is undeniable and contributes to our goal of keeping western Loudoun County rural and agricultural. “
Jolee Farm is the 208th easement completed by the Land Trust of Virginia.