Easement Can Ensure Farm’s Future

Shenandoah County Brothers Seek To Shield Land From Development

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Posted: January 5, 2013

Larry Vance feeds the donkeys on Island Ford Farm, which he owns with his brother, Gary. The historic 173-acre farm, near Toms Brook in Shenandoah County, is a candidate for protection from development under an easement. (Photos by Nikki Fox)
The Island Ford Farm, owned by brothers Larry and Gary Vance, may soon be protected from future development by an easement.
Island Ford Farm started with a 1771 grant from Lord Fairfax.
Larry Vance walks along the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, the boundary for Island Ford Farm, which he owns with his brother, Gary. The 173-acre beef cattle farm is likely to be under an easement soon that will protect the farmland from becoming developed.
MAURERTOWN — Larry Vance still remembers the day when he rounded up the last of the workhorses on his family farm for sale because tractors had fully replaced the old horse-powered equipment.


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