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78.59 recently surveyed surface acres at the mouth of a 200+ acre watershed -- mineral rights separated in 1920s

about 70 acres of forested hillside -- mixed mesophylic forest -- mostly cut twice since European arrivial -- much oak, poplar, some black walnut, cherry, beech, hickory, etc. -- sustainable harvest plan initiated -- significant sustainable harvest planned within 10 years

about 8 acres of bottom -- cut for hay but ideal for industrial hemp

gravel road right-of-way and creek running from head of holler

nearly 2-acre bench with home, garden, barn and outbuildings

3 uphill water catchment ponds -- including blue gills, large mouth bass, catfish, etc.

Incipient PermaCulture Site -- several design pieces initiated and in place

several additional building sites

Primary Abode

3650 sq. ft., two-story great house -- originally a 1920s Montgomery Ward package house, now with very significant interior and exterior make over and additions

living room, kitchen, pantry, bathroom, utility room

12 bedrooms/guest rooms/offices/workshops/playrooms or whatever

11' X 22' attached greenhouse with gravity-fed waterfalls and 8' X 18' pond (half under living room), 2'-4' deep, heatable with free gas

full bath with composting toilets

12' X 14' cut stone basement [opportunities for mushroom culture?]

porches and balcony -- sturdy rails for winter bird feeding with 58 linear feet of large growing boxes

free-gas for domestic use -- heating, water heating, refrigeration, laundry drying, etc. [Wishing to leave heaters, gas refrigerator, front-loading clothes washer and gas dryer, etc. -- negotiable]

naturally air-conditioned


2-story, 27' X 32' barn with 168 sq. ft. finished art/writing studio

10' X 13',  1 1/2 story tool shed  [Wishing to leave many tools, equipment, etc.]

composting outhouse and maturation bin

2, 12' X 32', 3-wall sheds next to 100 yd., asphalt-stone driveway

8' X  8' garden gazebo

Well-fed garden soils, growing beds, and facilities

70' X 130' primary garden -- organic materials added for 30+ years

many stone-walled house-and-garden growing beds

58 linear feet of porch and balcony growing boxes

several used-tire-and-mortar raised beds

kitchen herb spiral [From PermaCulture design]

several small fish and amphibian ponds

cookout firepit

Extensive water management

reliable, 80-year old,  hand-dug well providing fine-tasting water -- no taste of sulfur or iron -- ceramic and charcoal final filter if desired

full house guttering with rain barrels, outdoor shower and ponds

6' diameter, rain-fed, wood-heated cistern/hot tub

2 up-hill catchment ponds -- connected by pipe to garden area -- a third large pond just above garden for watering and swimming [See PermaCulture design]

reliable rainfall supplied naturally

Energy aspects

free natural gas for "domestic use" -- due to 2 wells on the property -- the second drilled in 1983

reliable inexpensive grid electricity generated from coal -- current bill about $20/month

good orientation for solar energy installations and a structure that can easily support additional roof weight

ridge lines susceptible to local winds

some micro hydro-electric potential through 2 higher bench ponds with connection to above-garden pond

local coal seams too thin and deep to exploit

Communication aspects

reliable phone with slow dial-up internet connection

potential satellite connection

Several used-tire installations

earth-turtle growing bed and moat in garden

12' X 220' driveway mat to above-garden pond

three used-tire and mortar raised beds -- worm volcanoes

octagonal used-tire and mortar garden pond

driveway curb-stops

Tax considerations

moderate state income taxes

5% sales tax on food decreasing yearly

low local property taxes [about $300/year] -- with public schools to match

moderate home business property and equipment taxes

Miscellaneous considerations

situated about 100 miles west of the eastern continental divide in an eroded plateau uplifted from the ancient inland sea

altitude -- hilltops about 1300 feet, bottoms about 900 feet

generally reliable orographic rainfall -- winters decreasing in intensity

minimal forest fire potential due to rainfall

minimal earthquake potential -- except for New Madrid Fault

minimal tornado potential given very hilly terrain

minimal hurricane potential given distance from coasts

minimal flood potential -- rainwater flows into catchment ponds and around house bench to bottom which has been inundated  only once in past 28 years

tremendously improved road system over the past 30 years -- 15 miles to Interstate 79 -- 60 miles to Charleston

low crime rate

real wealth lies in the living systems

Perhaps an ideal situation for master gardners; a young, child-rearing family that can function at home through home and garden production, writing, computer capitalism and home schooling while recognizing the value of natural settings, living gently in the woods, etc.; or perhaps a extended group interested in such things and lifestyles.


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