The whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts
|Address:||4135 Sandlick Road, Bluefield, WV 24701|
Richard Grist, 304.646.8837
“Napallachian”, a portmanteau resulting from blending the Napa Valley and the Appalachian Mountains. This lovely term perfectly describes the permaculture system established on a fertile 72 acres located in the scenic, mountainous region of southeastern West Virginia.
Napallachian’s rich soil, abundance of water, climate, and topography provide all the necessary elements for a successful, sustaining, permaculture system. All the elements for a satisfying permaculture lifestyle are already in place including:
- Abundant water with a nice intermittent stream feeding the fish ponds
- Fruit orchards containing 100 peach trees, 40 tame cherry trees, 250 apple trees
- 200 blackberry bushes
- Stocked fish ponds with bass, bluegill, perch and catfish
- Active bee hives producing pure golden honey and candle wax
- Large vegetable and flower gardens with plenty of room for expansion
- Pasture area for grazing of domestic livestock and poultry like, dairy cows, sheep, chickens, geese, goats, rabbits, turkey
- Terraced land has been designed for the establishment of a vineyard
- Semi-wild area used for forage and collecting wild food, production of timber or collecting firewood
- Potential for maple syrup production from the forest area
- Wilderness area used for the observation of natural ecosystems and cycles
- Large scale compost area
- Perimeter Fencing and internal fencing
- Compact home with low maintenance and minimal energy consumption
- Modern shop building currently used for wine and beer production
- Modern storage building to store implements and hand tools
- Internal improved graveled roads and other trails provide access to all corners of the property
- Drilled water well and septic system in place
- Electric, WiFi, cable and good cell coverage with 4G onsite. Potential for solar, wind and water power generation
- Many species of wildflowers blooming throughout the season
- Just 5 minutes from the Hatfield-McCoy Trails
LIFE OFF THE GRID
Just as 150 years ago, when the first mountaineers settled the area, the property can be self-sustaining in times of necessity – even without electricity.
- Fresh water for drinking and cooking can come from the drilled water well (hand drawing water from the well using a cylinder well bucket).
- The ponds and forest can provide fresh food (fish, deer, and turkey).
- The agricultural land can provide vegetable gardens, berry patches, fruit orchards, and row crops of corn, oats and barley.
- Bee hives can provide honey and beeswax for candles and pollenate the fruit trees.
- The forest can provide firewood for heating and cooking, lumber for building, maple syrup and pounds of nuts (walnuts, beechnuts and hickory nuts).
- The vineyard in progress can be completed to provide jellies, jams, juices and wines.
- Livestock can be raised including dairy cows, chickens, geese, turkey, rabbits, goats, sheep, pigs and cattle. Milk, cheese, eggs, meat, wool, leather, fur, feather pillows and down comforters can all be produced.
WHAT IS A PERMACULTURE DESIGN?
The three core tenets of permaculture are:
- Care for the earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.
- Care for the people: Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence
- Setting limits to population and consumption: By governing our own needs, we can set resources aside to further the above principles. This includes returning waste back into the system to recycle into usefulness. The third ethic is sometimes referred to as Fair Share, which reflects that each of us should take no more than what we need before we reinvest the surplus.
Permaculture design emphasizes patterns of landscape, function, and species assemblies. It determines where these elements should be placed so they can provide maximum benefit to the local environment. Permaculture maximizes useful connections between components and synergy of the final design. The focus of permaculture, therefore, is not on each separate element, but rather on the relationships created among elements by the way they are placed together; the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. Permaculture design therefore seeks to minimize waste, human labor, and energy input by building systems, and maximizes benefits between design elements to achieve a high level of synergy. Permaculture designs evolve over time by taking into account these relationships and elements and can evolve into extremely complex systems that produce a high density of food and materials with minimal input.
The design principles, which are the conceptual foundation of permaculture, were derived from the science of systems ecology and study of pre-industrial examples of sustainable land use. Permaculture draws from several disciplines including organic farming, agroforestry, integrated farming, sustainable development, and applied ecology. Permaculture has been applied most commonly to the design of housing and landscaping, integrating techniques such as agroforestry, natural building, and rainwater harvesting within the context of permaculture design principles and theory.
Napallachian Farm is located near Princeton, the county seat of Mercer County. This 72-acre permaculture system is comprised of and all-inclusive residential-agricultural-timberland-recreational designed opportunity located in the scenic, mountainous region of southeastern West Virginia. The surrounding Mercer County landscape is part of the southeastern Ridge and Valley Region, a scenic tapestry of elongated hardwood Allegheny & Appalachian mountain ranges. Much of Mercer County remains undeveloped and is characterized by its scenic farm valleys, small communities and large expanses of hardwood forest.
Napallachian Farm, with nearly 72 acres, represents an opportunity to continue the classic family ownership legacy for the next generation. Terrain is typical of the region and considered flat to rolling to mountainous, with upland hardwood flats and ridges separated by hollows that flank the lower lying stream drainage.
Google Coordinates: 37.340915°(N), -81.217089°(W)
Address: 4135 Sandlick Road, Bluefield, WV 24701
Elevation Range: 2584 ft. to 2860 ft. +/-
A title search for actual mineral ownership rights is recommend. All rights the owner has will convey with the property.
BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY
Some of the property boundaries are evidenced by stock fencing. The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.
Water: drilled well currently with public water at the county road available
Cellphone Coverage: Good with 4G
The property has access frontage on Sandlick Road RT 71/13. There is also a 20 feet wide access right-of-way from the property to the Sandlick Road. Internal improved graveled roads and other trails provide excellent access to all corners of the property.
All prospective purchasers are encouraged to contact the Mercer County Government, Health Department, and Zoning Department for regulations regarding zoning and property usage for this particular property location.
PROPERTY TYPE/USE SUMMARY
This property has home grounds, active nursery plots, harvested / regenerating forest area, additional forest area, and open land. A breakdown is as follows:
Home grounds: 1/2 acre +/-
Active nursery plots: 10 acres +/-
Pond: 1/2 acre +/-
Forest harvest / regeneration: 33 acres +/-
Forestland: 10 acres +/-
There are open areas intermingled with the other land activities
(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 996 Pg. 255
Mercer County, West Virginia
Acreage: 72 acres +/-
Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Mercer County (28), West Virginia
Beaver Pond District (2)
Tax Map 11 Parcel 258; 8.69 AC RED OAK RDG SANDLICK; Class 2; 2017 Real Estate Taxes $29.36
Tax Map 11 Parcel 259; 39.13 AC RED OAK RDG SANDLICK; Class 2; 2017 Real Estate Taxes $266.29
Tax Map 11 Parcel 329; 0.33 AC RED OAK RIDGE; Class 3; 2017 Real Estate Taxes $9.56
Tax Map 12 Parcel 1; ABT 23.77 SANDLICK; Class 2; 2017 Real Estate Taxes $183.67
2017 Real Estate Taxes: $488.88
Mercer County School District
Public Elementary School:
Montcalm Elementary School
Public Middle School:
Montcalm Middle School
Public High School:
Montcalm High School
For listing of all schools in Mercer County http://wvde.state.wv.us/ed_directory/index.html?county_id=51
The surrounding area offers unlimited soft recreational activities including white water rafting, golfing, fishing, camping, hiking, bird watching and rock climbing. Snow skiing at the Winterplace Ski Resort is a ½ hour away. In 1 hour you can catch the Amtrak train in Hinton and ride to Chicago or New York City. The Greenbrier Valley Airport is an hour away and the Beckley Airport is just 30 minutes away. Yeager Airport in Charleston WV, is an easy 90 minute drive on I-77.
Napallachian is supported with the thriving community of Princeton. The area is a strong economic generator with a solid workforce employed in county/state government, tourism, hospitality, education, retail, construction, wood products, mining and agriculture. The surrounding area is richly blessed with a wide array of cultural events that keep life interesting and satisfying. Visit http://www.visitmercercounty.com/
Charleston is West Virginia’s state capitol and is an easy 90 minute drive. Charleston is West Virginia’s largest city with a population of some 50,000 and a metro area of 225,000. It is the center of government, commerce, culture and industry. There is a commercial airport with daily flights to most major hubs.
Beckley is a 30 minute drive, has a population of 34,000, and is the county seat of Raleigh County. All amenities are available in Beckley. Beckley is located at the intersection of I-77, I-64 and US 19 so easy access to Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Charleston and Cincinnati is just around the corner.
The world renowned 4-Star Greenbrier Resort, home of the PGA tour, is an hour drive. Several other area golf courses are available in the area. The New River Gorge recreation area offers white water rafting, rock climbing, ziplining, camping and horseback riding. The nearby and very popular 100+ mile long Hatfield-McCoy ATV trail makes for a very active recreation area.
Year round, state maintained paved roads and a private driveway provide easy access. Weekly trash pickup, daily newspaper and daily mail delivery is available at curb-side. UPS and FedEx service this area also.
Situate within an hour’s drive of the confluence of the New River, Bluestone River and Greenbrier River, the 2000 acre Bluestone Lake, at Hinton is truly a gateway to water recreation. The 80,000 acre New River National River Park, Bluestone State Park, Pipestem State Park Resort and 17,000 acre Bluestone Wildlife Management Area are recreational cornerstones in the area. The new 10,000 acre Boy Scout high adventure camp is an hour’s drive.
The Hatfield-McCoy Trails System (HMTS) is made up of over 600+ miles of trails and located in the rich mountains of southern West Virginia. The 600+ mile HMTS is second only to the 2000 mile long Paiute ATV Trail in Central Utah.
As one of the largest off-highway vehicle trail systems in the world, HMTS is open 365 days a year and offers something for every skill level. The trail system caters to ATV, UATV, and motorbikes (dirt bikes), but hikers, mountain bikers, and horse riders can also use the trails. The trail system is a multi-county project, including West Virginia counties Logan, Kanawha, Wyoming, McDowell, Mercer, Wayne, Lincoln, Mingo, and Boone.
The name of the trail system is derived from the names of two families, the Hatfields and McCoys, who famously feuded near the West Virginia and Kentucky border after the Civil War.
Law enforcement officers patrol the trail to assure compliance with safety regulations. Motorized users of the trail system must wear a DOT-approved helmet and are prohibited from “doubling” (having a passenger), unless their vehicle is designed for two people. These rules, and a host of others, have allowed the trail system to enjoy a quality safety record, despite an increase in ATV-related injuries around the country.
THE NEW RIVER AND BLUESTONE LAKE
The New River Gorge was a vast and largely unsettled wilderness until the C&O railroad was built on the eastern side of the river in the 1880’s. The railroad opened up the rich coalfields and virgin timber stands of the region. Early “mountaineers” settled the area and soon were carving out mountain farms and raising families.
Napallachian Farm is located in the heart of the recreational mecca area encompassing the New River and 2000 acre Bluestone Lake at Hinton. The New River is the second oldest river in the world, preceded only by the Nile; it is the oldest river in North America. The New River is unique because it begins in Blowing Rock, N.C. and flows north through Virginia into West Virginia. The Nile and Amazon are the only other major rivers that also flow north. Year after year, it produces more citation fish than any other warm water river in WV. Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, sunfish, hybrid striped bass, and muskie are all common species of fish found in the New River and Bluestone Lake.
Bluestone Lake is over 2000 acres at summer pool and is the state’s third largest body of water. Great hunting and fishing opportunities abound at the 17,632 acre Bluestone Wildlife Area adjacent to the park and nearby Camp Creek State Forest
From Princeton, West Virginia: 8 miles +/- (approximately 15 minutes) From the Mercer County Courthouse at the intersection of US 19 and RT 20 near the center of Princeton, travel RT 20 South 4.4 miles; a little before Glenwood Recreational Park turn right onto Sandlick Road RT 71/13; travel 3.9 miles; property is on the left. From Bluefield, West Virginia: 7 miles +/- (approximately 15 minutes) From US 19 and Couch Street / RT 52 intersection in Bluefield, travel RT 52 (Couch Street) 3.8 miles through Brush Fork to Bluewell; turn right onto RT 20 North; travel 2.1 miles; turn left onto Surface Hill Road RT 71/5; travel 6/10 mile; continue straight onto Sandlick Road RT 71/5; travel 6/10 mile, passing Sandlick Methodist Church, to intersection where Sandlick Road becomes RT 71/13; turn right onto Sandlick Road RT 71/13; travel 2/10 mile; property is on the right.
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