Associated Press Published

Easement to Protect Monroe County Farm From Development


A land trust has obtained a conservation easement protecting more than 600 acres of farmland in Monroe County.

The Dickson family donated the easement for Spring Valley Farm to the West Virginia Land Trust. The family has owned the farm near Union since 1776.

The land trust says in a news release that the property was a popular stop for travelers due to its location near U.S. Route 219.

The property includes about 2 miles of Second Creek, which once was home to more than 20 mills.

A majority of the farmland has been protected since 2012 under an earlier easement donated by the family.