Historic Land Sold In Albemarle County

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

March 3, 2005

Bundoran Farm is full of the same beauty found throughout Albemarle county: fertile pastures, mountains, and forests. This 1800-acre estate has been in the Scott family for over 60 years but is about to change owners.

"When you take something you've worked on your whole life and cared deeply about and you pass it along to someone else-I can't prove, but I believe-will care as much about it as I do. That is so important to me," said Bundoran Farm owner, Fred Scott.

Both Scott and the new owners held a press conference on Thursday, March 3rd to announce the upcoming sale saying they plan to take a step forward to use the farm as an ongoing demonstration of good, environmentally sensitive land use.

Qroe Farm Preservation Development buys land for conservation. They preserve 80% of the land and fund the project by developing the remainder. As of now, there are not any specific details on possible development.

"We're very open to what we're going to do. We don't have a specific plan," said Qroe Farm's David Brown.

The group insists, however, that it will look to their neighbors while planning. It will draw from the community what it knows about this type of rural development. The parties plan to close in mid-May, but no development date has been set.

Even though the Scott family will no longer be the owners, both Fred Scott and his mother will be able to live here for the rest of their lives.

Qroe farm is based in New England and this is its first project in the Charlottesville area.

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