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Berkeley County farmland board has reached no resolution on Boydville

September 02, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Though proud of being part of the accomplishments, Farmland Protection Board member Clint Hogbin said he wished that a resolution for the historic Boydville property in Martinsburg could be found before he leaves the board.

Once part of a 300-acre farm in the early 1800s, the 13-acre Boydville estate that remains along South Queen Street was purchased by Farmland Protection Board in a partnership with Martinsburg City Council for $2.25 million to stop a housing development eyed for the historic property's leafy grounds.

The estate is comprised of a circa-1812 manor house and law office, a barn, outbuildings and a stone fort believed to predate the American Revolution. The manor house was spared from being burned by direct order of President Lincoln during the Civil War.

"I don't like to leave unfinished business," Hogbin said.

Gregory Carnill, the new executive director of the board, said last week the creation of a foundation dedicated to Boydville's conservation may be a necessary next step to help map the property's future use and eventual transfer in ownership.

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A conservation easement will be placed on the property when the transfer happens, said Carnill, who has set up his office at the property.

- Matthew Umstead

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