HUTCHENS FARM
253 ACRES

One of Monroe County's Nicest Farms


Price :
$800,000  
ID :
547  
Acres :
253.91  

Agent Contact:
Richard Grist, 304.646.8837 or 304.645.7674


HIGHLIGHTS

  • At 253 acres, one of the area’s nicest farms built upon rich soils and abundant water
  • City water available (supplied by cold, clear mountain springs on Peters Mountain)
  • Recent survey of the farm is on file
  • Huge 4 acre pond and another 1/2 acre pond stocked with some nice fish
  • Proven year-round spring feeds livestock watering troughs
  • 100 acre Hay field is fenced and another 100 acre pasture is partially fenced and cross fenced
  • 700 feet road frontage on WV Rt. 3, and 1 mile of paved state maintained road frontage on Hollywood Road
  • Flat to rolling land presently in hay and pasture or convert to row crops and organics
  • Valuable hardwood and pine timber, some trees are considered “old growth”
  • Cattle currently grazing on property
  • Intermittent stream flows for nearly ½ mile on the property
  • 2 stocked ponds with bass, bluegill and catfish
  • Vintage barn and grain silo along with some other sheds
  • Elevation Range: 2270 ft. to 2444 ft.
  • Located 10 minutes from Union in lightly populated Monroe County, the largest sheep producing county and second largest cattle producing county in WV
  • Dark Skies for star gazing and planet observation
  • Abundant wildlife including most fur bearing mammals, raptors, song birds, turtles etc.
  • Amazing views in all directions with some overlooking the Stoney Brook Plantation

LOCATION

Google Coordinates:
37.592412°(N), -80.445115°(W)
Address: Route 3 and Hollywood Road RT 4, Gap Mills, WV 24941
Elevation Range: 2270 ft. to 2444 ft. +/-

FOREST RESOURCES

There are about 50 forested acres located on the farm. The predominant forest type is comprised of Black Walnut, White Oak, Red Oak, Hickory, Yellow Poplar and White Pine. There has been no timber harvesting in recent memory and there is several thousands of dollars of merchantable timber should one desire to conduct a harvest.

There is some nice Eastern Red Cedar and Staghorn Sumac in some of the small corner areas that were once in pasture about 30 years ago (great rabbit habitat). The field and forest edges have many small areas of mixed grasses, soft mast trees/shrubs/bushes and blackberry/raspberry briers scattered about creating a superb wildlife habitat. This “thicket” effect provides cover and is an important food source for the resident wildlife population including deer, turkey, squirrels, rabbits, raccoon, black bear and a host of winged wildlife.

A large portion of the forest is made up of mature Appalachian hardwood trees including white oak, red oak, hickory, walnut, beech, poplar and maple. The abundance of nut trees produce tons of acorns, hickory nuts, beechnuts, and black walnuts.

A portion of the forest is comprised of Eastern White Pine, some of which measure 6-8 feet in circumference. The white pine is very suitable for building and would be a valuable resource to be sawn into lumber and timbers for a home and barns etc.

Several “Heritage Trees” are scattered throughout the forest and field edges. These ancient trees, some 100-200 years old, have withstood the test of time, weathering ice, wind, lightning strikes and fire.

The forest is healthy and there are no signs of pest infestations of Gypsy Moth. The Emerald Ash Borer, which has inundated the entire Northeast US, is present and the small Ash component will significantly decline over the next decade. The Eastern Hemlock species is under attack by the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid and the hemlock will significantly decline over the coming decade.

There have been no forest fires in recent memory. The forest floor is home to several types of mushrooms, medicinal plants, wild ginseng, ferns and cool green mosses. One could spend a lifetime getting to know this inviting environ.

WILDLIFE

The farm has a mixture of hayfield/pasture, mature forest and abandoned farm fields, coupled with the abundant water supply from the ponds, creek and spring, which creates the perfect wildlife habitat. The miles of “edge effect” created between field and forest is the perfect habitat for all the resident wildlife. The edges create a miles long wildlife food plot. White tail deer, wild turkey, squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, fox and many species of songbirds, owls and raptors make up the resident wildlife population.

Otters and fishers, as well as blue herons, raccoons, opossums and chipmunks have been seen in and along the creek and around the ponds. The ponds support fish, crawdads, salamanders, June bugs and all types of aquatic invertebrates.

The property has mixture of emerging and mature forest types, open grassy areas and foot trails. All these features, coupled with the abundant water supply create the perfect wildlife habitat. The “edge effect” created between field and forest is the perfect habitat for all the resident wildlife. White tail deer, wild turkey, squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, fox and many species of songbirds, bald eagles, owls, woodpeckers and raptors compliment the resident aquatic wildlife population.

The hardwood forest provides the essential nutrient source and produces tons of hard mast including acorns, hickory nuts, beech nuts and black walnuts. Soft mast includes stag horn sumac, black cherry, tulip poplar seeds, maple seeds, autumn olive berries and blackberries.

AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES

This farm consists of a total 253 acres by recent survey, of which 200 acres are rolling fields, and 50 acres are forested in excellent hardwood and pine timber. The farm has an abundance of water blessed with a 4 acre pond, ½ acre pond, spring-fed permanent water troughs, and a ½ mile ephemeral stream. The farm also has public water available.

There about 100 acres in a nicely laying hay field and another 100 acres in pasture. These agricultural lands are quite fertile. The grasses include orchard grass, bluegrass, timothy, and clover.

The hay field is fenced and the pasture is partially fenced and with some cross fencing. Most of the fencing is woven wire and should be considered to be in above average to excellent condition.

The Hutchens Farm is currently leased for cattle and hay production.

Improvements on the property include a vintage barn, grain silo and some other sheds. There is a small corral area and load-out shoot serving the farm located at the county road.

WATER

City water is available. The farm has a large pond that is almost 4 acres and a small watering pond that is about 1/2 acre. Proven year-round spring feeds livestock watering troughs.  Intermittent stream flows for nearly ½ mile on the property.

MINERAL RESOURCES

All rights the owner has will convey with the property.

BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY

There is a 2007 property boundary survey that is recorded as part of the deed.  The boundaries are evidenced by stock fencing, the county road, and metal T-posts (along the eastern line). The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.

UTILITIES

Water:  City water available
Sewer: A septic system would need to be installed for a homesite
Electricity: MonPower
Telephone: Frontier available
Internet: Should be available through Frontier DishNetwork, DirectTV, or HughesNet
Cellphone Coverage: Excellent with 4G

ACCESS/FRONTAGE

The survey plat supports that the farm has a mile of frontage on the Hollywood Road RT 4/2 and has 700 +/- feet of frontage on RT 3.

ZONING

There is currently no county zoning in Monroe County. All prospective purchasers are encouraged to contact the Monroe County Health Department for answers regarding installation of septic systems and water wells. Further information on county zoning may be answered by contacting the Monroe County Commission.

PROPERTY TYPE/USE SUMMARY

This farm is currently in fields, pastures, and forestland. A breakdown is as follows:

HayField: 100 acres +/-
Pasture: 100 acres +/-
Large Pond: 4 acres +/-
Small Pond: 1/2 acre +/-
Forestland: 50 acres +/-
(This summary is an estimation of current property use as determined from aerial photography. It is made subject to the estimation of property boundaries and any errors in the interpretation of land use type from the aerial photography utilized.)

DEED and TAX INFORMATION

Deed Information: DB 289 Pg. 348
Monroe County, West Virginia

Acreage: 253.91 acres +/-
Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:

Monroe County (32), West Virginia
Sweet Springs District (6)
Tax Map 22 part of Parcel 1; Class 2;

2017 Real Estate Taxes: A portion of $1,510.40 (real estate taxes on whole TP 6-22-1)

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Monroe County School District:
Mountain View Elementary and Middle School
James Monroe High School

THE AREA

The charming village of Union, which is the Monroe County seat, is less than a 10 minute drive. Banking, healthcare facilities, drugstore, grocery shopping and a great family restaurant are readily available. Some of the friendliest people in West Virginia can be found in Monroe County. Monroe County has a population of about 13,000 residents and does not have a stoplight and has more cattle and sheep than people. There are no fast food restaurants but there are local restaurants in the area that are well known for their good food and friendly atmosphere.

Lewisburg, which is the Greenbrier County seat, was voted the Coolest Small Town in American in 2011 and is just a 35 minute drive to the thriving downtown historic district. The downtown boasts a year round live theatre, Carnegie Hall, several fabulous restaurants, antique shops and boutiques. There is also a modern hospital and all attendant medical facilities along with all the big box stores.

The Greenbrier County Airport, which has WV’s longest runway, is located just 45 minutes away and has daily flights to Atlanta and Washington DC. The world famous Greenbrier Resort is less than an hour’s drive and Snowshoe Ski Resort is about 2 hours’ drive. Covington, Virginia is about 50 minutes away, Roanoke, Virginia, is 90 minutes, DC is 4 hours and Charlotte, North Carolina is 3 hours away.

The Greenbrier resort features an ever-expanding schedule of public events, including the Greenbrier Classic, a nationally televised PGA tournament held in early July, with the extra bonus of evening concerts with headliners like Jimmy Buffett, Brad Paisley, Aerosmith, Jon Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood and Maroon Five. In 2014, the resort recently opened a new $30 million training facility for the New Orleans Saints, and the football team’s practice sessions in late July and early August are open to the public. A 2500-seat tennis stadium to host professional matches was opened in 2015.

Directions

From Union, West Virginia: 5.8 miles +/- (approximately 10 minutes)

From the Monroe County Courthouse in Union, travel RT 3 East for 5.3 miles; turn left onto Hollywood Glace Road RT 4/2; travel 1/2 mile; the property is on the right.

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