Forsyth County Farm Will Be Preserved As A Historic Site
A farm in Forsyth County will soon be turned into a historic preservation site.
About 246 acres of land off the Yadkin River in western Forsyth County has been purchased by the Conservation Fund of Arlington, Virginia.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the non-profit purchased the Messick Farm from Jean Messick and the Winston-Salem Foundation for nearly $3 million. Officials say the organization is essentially providing a bridge loan, with the intent of turning the land into a state park with walking trails.
The Conservation Fund has aided in a number of local efforts in the Triad. The organization provided a bridge loan to the Piedmont Land Conservancy to acquire and preserve the Crossnore School and Children’s Home property in Winston-Salem.
In 2013 it helped purchase nearly 1,600 acres to create several trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
A Conservation Fund spokesperson says the Messick Farm property may be ready for public use in about a year.