The Piedmont View

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1,000 Acres of Jefferson County Preserved

Members of the Carter family acted together in 2009 to protect nearly 1,000 acres of land in Albemarle County that has been in their family since 1730. The Carters' ancestors were neighbors to the Jeffersons, with a plantation about seven miles from Monticello, and the 1792 home, Redlands, suggests a Jeffersonian influence. The house was built by Martin Thacker, who ...
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Wolftown Farm with Historic Round Barn Protected

Joyce Gentry lives on the land where she lived as a child-a farm in Wolftown in Madison County, toward the foothills of the mountains, that has been in her family for generations. Mrs. Gentry, a retired math teacher, says, "I've lived on farms my whole life." Her son and daughter-in-law Brad and Amy Gentry now raise beef cattle on the ...
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New Park at Gilberts Corner

The land at Gilberts Corner in Loudoun County that PEC saved from development in 2009 is now part of a public park at a gateway to one of America's most historic landscapes ...
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Saving the Farm

How conservation can help working farmers achieve their goals David and Terry Ingram are father-son farmers who recently donated conservation easements on their farms in Brandy Station, in Culpeper County. Brandy Station is a great place for farming, with rich soils and moderate slopes. In fact, a full two thirds of Culpeper County ranks as farmland of statewide importance ...
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Loudoun’s Billion Dollar Debt

What can we learn from Loudoun's financial trouble?Loudoun County, once the fastest growing county in the nation, is now $1 billion in debt—a direct consequence of growing too fast, too much, too scattered ...
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Highway Through Keswick?

Can the local community come up with a better plan for Routes 22 and 231 than VDOT's plan to make it a highway? The main road through Keswick in Albemarle County—Rtes. 22 and 231—runs through a landscape that Thomas Jefferson described as “the Eden of the United States”.  Today, a traveler on this road can experience a landscape much like ...
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Unison Historic District Offers a Window to the Civil War

The village of Unison in western Loudoun, as if charmed in some way to keep from changing, is a quiet hamlet of well-kept old buildings, with many farmhouses, barns and churches that measure their age in centuries.  They are settled into a landscape of farm fields and stone walls, where the curving hills and stands of trees give way, in ...
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Transmission Lines: Why We Fight

This summer, an unwanted clear-cut tore through the edge of the woods at Rick and Virginia Dorkey’s cattle farm near Bealeton, in Fauquier County.  Construction crews put up a line of gigantic metal towers on the farm, jutting far above the trees.  It’s impossible not to see them.  The massive structures dominate the views across hayfields and pastures ...
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