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Land Trust of Virginia Announces First Easement in Powhatan County

10 building lots reduced to one, historic and natural resources preserved


POWHATAN, Va., Dec. 6, 2022 – The Land Trust of Virginia (LTV) is pleased to announce a conservation easement in Powhatan County thanks to the generosity of the owners of Hidden River Farm. This 86-acre property is the first LTV easement recorded in Powhatan County with the landowner noting that the easement “would keep this setting wild, beautiful, and park-like.”


Hidden River Farm is highly visible with 3,260 feet of frontage along the Appomattox River and about 2,000 feet of frontage along a stretch of railroad tracks. The property and the railroad bridge at the southwest corner was the site of some of Robert E. Lee’s forces escaping west from Richmond and Petersburg five days before Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865.


Also noteworthy is the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources classification of the Appomattox River approximately one mile downstream from this property as a state threatened and endangered water for the Green Floater (Lasmigona subviridis) Mussel.


Additional natural resources now protected include 69 acres of “Prime Farmland Soils” or “Farmland Soils of Statewide Importance”, 15.26 acres of wetlands, frontage along an intermittent stream, and a pond.


“This is a truly special property to welcome LTV into Powhatan County,” said LTV Executive Director Sally Price. “The unique Civil War history associated with this easement qualified the landowner for financial assistance from our Deborah Whittier Fitts Battlefield Stewardship Fund, used to offset a landowner’s expenses when protecting properties featuring battlefield events.”


The Hidden River Farm easement is the 227th easement completed by the Land Trust of Virginia. For more information about their work, please visit http://www.landtrustva.org.


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About the Land Trust of Virginia

The Land Trust of Virginia is a nonprofit organization that partners with private landowners who voluntarily protect and preserve properties with significant historic, scenic, or ecological value. LTV has worked with 227 families, conserving a total of 27,965 acres in 28 counties in Virginia. While LTV charges landowners for their services, the fees charged only cover about 28% of LTV’s actual costs, so fundraising is essential to our mission.

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