The owners of Four Mile Creek Farm, a core part of the New Market Heights Battlefield, donated 28 acres of the 73-acre farm to the Capital Region Land Conservancy, to be preserved forever. The remaining 45-acres will be conveyed to CRLC at a later date.
On September 29, 1864, U.S. Colored Troops broke through Confederate defenses. The battle, directly led to the fall of Petersburg, and led to Fourteen African American soldiers receiving the Medal of Honor in recognition of their valor during the battle.
“You could have knocked me over with a feather”, Howard C. Eberly III, whose family has owned the land for over one hundred years, said when he learned that his farm ranked within the top 10% of land in Virginia to protect, across several categories.
The property is identified as a top priority by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s ConserveVirginia 3.0 model for its Cultural and Historic Preservation, Natural Habitat and Ecosystem Diversity, Protected Landscapes Resilience, Scenic Preservation and Water Quality Improvement categories. It also lies entirely within the National Audubon Society’s Lower James River Important Bird Area, supporting the densest piscivorous bird community in Virginia.
CRLC has committed to opening the land for future public access as well as coordinating with adjacent lands owned by Henrico County that are identified as a future New Market Park.
To learn more about CRLC and the donation of Four Mile Creek Farm, click here.