The history, scenery and water quality of a historic property in Aldie, Virginia will forever be protected by NVCT for future generations. This marked our 103rd conservation easement since our founding nearly 25 years ago. The historic land is home to the Old Aldie Rectory built in 1803 and is also located within the Civil War Battlefield of Aldie. In fact, Union and Confederate cavalry columns converged near this site.
Running through the 5.5 acre property is a stream that drains into the Little River and eventually flows into the Chesapeake Bay. The preservation of the land and water upstream will protect the water quality all the way downstream. Much of the drinking water supplied to residents of Northern Virginia comes from the Potomac River, making the protection of this watershed crucial to the health of our local communities.
20 Acres of Open Grassland in Loudoun County PROTECTED!
In Loudoun County near Round Hill, a family completed an easement that protects the 20 acres surrounding their home. They first purchased land to build their energy-efficient dream house, then bought the parcel next door to help keep it in open grassland. The donors worked with NVCT over the course of two years to create a conservation easement that protects rural scenic views in the Beaverdam Creek Historic Roadways District. The land features an old orchard, brand new hop trellises, milkweed for monarch butterflies, and a stream in the Goose Creek watershed.
Loudoun County: Conserving a Sense of Place
NVCT holds 22 conservation easements and owns one parcel in Loudoun County. Of the more-than 1,400 acres the Trust has conserved in Loudoun County, more than half is working farmland. By preserving their lands in perpetuity, these dedicated landowners are creating a sustainable lifestyle for themselves and their families while conserving scenic open space for all to enjoy. Loudoun County landowners have worked with the Trust to protect other remarkable sites like these:
89 acres surrounding EcoVillage, an innovative, environmentally friendly development near Lovettsville;
4 acres protecting open space and a Revolutionary War-era stone wall in Middleburg;
135 acres of open farmland that protects the public view between Harpers Ferry Road, a designated Scenic Byway, and Short Hill. The Trust is involved with the Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance, a collaborative effort to build appreciation and protection of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Shenandoah National Park and Harpers Ferry.
NVCT welcomes opportunities to engage with the community, and we are eager to meet with landowners about prospects for permanently protecting important lands.
Open space and natural areas in Loudoun County
This map shows public land and parks in dark green, NVCT conserved lands marked with red dots, and other private easements in bright green. Click on the map below to see a larger version.