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200-Acre Historic Farm Conserved in Somerset County

Easement Protects Open Space and Waterfowl Habitat on the Lower Eastern Shore

A new conservation easement of more than 200 acres will permanently protect important farmland and wildlife habitat in Oriole. Property owner Kevin Barr donated the tract to the Maryland Environmental Trust to safeguard its scenic open space and wetlands.

“We are grateful for Mr. Barr’s efforts to protect the habitat and help keep this farmland a productive part of the local economy,” said Maryland Environmental Trust Director Bill Leahy.

The newly-preserved Somerset County property is adjacent to other protected lands, and provides sweeping views of farmland and wetlands along the Manokin River.

The parcel has great historical significance on the Lower Eastern Shore. The farm’s main residence — Almodington — is the oldest building within the Manokin Historic District, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.