July 26, 2010
Two properties that are part of a Civil War battlefield in Culpepper County will be protected from development through conservation easements.
The easements cover a total 782 acres of the Brandy Station Battlefield.
Beauregard Farms LP donated an easement for a 349-acre tract, and brothers Chuck Gyory and Pete Gyory gave an easement for a 433-acre tract.
The Civil War Preservation Trust and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources arranged the easements.
Department of Historic Resources director Kathleen Kilpatrick says it's heartening to have such large tracts voluntarily placed under easements.
Landholders who donate easements retain ownership of their property but give up development rights.