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October 3, 2006

CW donates land to Williamsburg Land Conservancy for conservation easements

WILLIAMSBURG, Va.—The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has donated three conservation easements to the Williamsburg Land Conservancy on 230 acres of land west of Route 132 in York County.

“The designation of these conservation easements preserves the primary gateway to the entire Historic Triangle and provides permanent protection for scenic views along the entry to the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Welcome Center,” said Foundation President and Chairman Colin G. Campbell. “This view shed helps to set the stage for visitors in their journey from modern day life into the 18th-century setting. At the same time, this preserves the natural environment around Queen’s Creek and protects a significant archaeological site. It is a tangible and important example of how the Foundation is protecting the vital greenbelt surrounding Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area for future generations.”

“The conservancy is thrilled and honored to work with Colonial Williamsburg to protect this environmentally sensitive and historically valuable property,” said Bill Williams, president of the Williamsburg Land Conservancy's board of directors. “We commend the Foundation and its board for their commitment to conservation.”

“I made the preservation of 400,000 acres of open space a priority for my administration because the opportunity to do it may not exist for future generations of Virginians,” said Governor Tim Kaine. “We are pursuing this goal to protect Virginia’s history, natural beauty and culture – the very things that make the Commonwealth a special place. Congratulations to both the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Williamsburg Land Conservancy on working together to preserve this important land.”

The three easements include property on the tract known as Carr’s Hill and land lying south of Bypass Road. The two Carr’s Hill conservation easements contain 221.2 acres, and the South Bypass Road easement consists of 8.8 acres. All are owned by Colonial Williamsburg.

The conservation easements will prohibit development on this land, and protect woodlands and wetlands. The Benjamin Powell Plantation site, home to a prominent 18th-century builder, will be preserved for future archaeological investigation.

Founded in 1990 as the Historic Rivers Land Conservancy, the Williamsburg Land Conservancy was the first private non-profit land trust in Virginia incorporated specifically to use the provisions of the Virginia Conservation Easement Act. The conservancy is dedicated to protecting and preserving significant natural, scenic, agricultural and historic land in the James and York Rivers watersheds. The conservancy strives to maintain the character and ambiance of the area through a combination of land preservation tools, education and advocacy programs, and shaping public policy.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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