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Land next to battlefield is set aside

December 04, 2005|By Dave McMillion

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Eighty acres of farmland adjacent to a Civil War battlefield near Shepherdstown, W.Va., is being set aside for preservation, officials said Thursday.

Ed and Helen Moore, the owners of the property, have decided to establish a conservation easement to protect the site from development, Jefferson County Commission member Jane Tabb said.

The land is adjacent to the Battle of Shepherdstown site off Trough Road, which a group of people has been trying to preserve.

Over the last five years, hundreds of acres of farmland have been saved from development in Berkeley and Jefferson counties since the counties formed farmland protection boards.

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In most cases, property owners are paid money in exchange for agreeing not to build on the land.

Ed and Helen Moore, however, decided to establish their conservation easement without accepting any funds, Tabb said.

Tabb said the Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board is working on saving another 200-acre parcel - the largest so far - and the deal could be finalized by the end of the year.

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