WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Kenneth Eby said the land Washington County agreed to buy from him on Tuesday had been in his family close to 200 years.
But Eby said he was pleased because an agreement in the sale lets his family continue farming there.
"What we appreciate is they gave us fair compensation," Eby said afterward.
The Washington County Commissioners voted to buy from Eby a little more than 18 acres on the north side of Reiff Church Road, near Hagerstown Regional Airport.
The total price was $506,738, of which the county will pay 2.5 percent, or $12,668, from its general fund.
The Federal Aviation Administration will pay 95 percent and the state of Maryland will cover the remaining 2.5 percent.
The land will be part of an FAA-mandated runway protection zone, a safety buffer area.
Carolyn Motz, the manager of Hagerstown Regional Airport, said Tuesday's purchase was connected to a runway extension completed in 2007. The protection zone moved as the runway was changed.