'A Tinge of Melancholy Lay Upon the Countryside': Agricultural Historic Resources within Contemporary Agricultural and Historic Preservation Law

46 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2015

Date Written: February 12, 2015

Abstract

Preservation of working lands and resources has become the focus of many interested in the protection of rural areas. Despite public support for such initiatives and quantifiable successes, preservation advocates have struggled to utilize the current tools available to safeguard historic resources. To address this gap, this Article first considers the unique nature of agricultural historic resources and the challenges they present from a preservation perspective. It then assesses the current framework of historic preservation laws, developed largely for urban neighborhoods, and the issues preservationists face in applying these tools to the rural context. Last, this Article proposes a series of policy solutions that would provide meaningful assistance to rural preservationists in achieving their objectives. Ultimately, historic preservation has the potential to play a strong role in preserving the character of rural areas, but only if this profound policy disconnect can begin to be bridged.

Keywords: Historic Preservation, Land Use, Property, Conservation Easement, Preservation Easement, Agriculture, Agricultural Policy

Suggested Citation

Phelps, Jess R., 'A Tinge of Melancholy Lay Upon the Countryside': Agricultural Historic Resources within Contemporary Agricultural and Historic Preservation Law (February 12, 2015). Virginia Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 33, No. 56, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2564173

Jess R. Phelps (Contact Author)

The Lyme Timber Company LP ( email )

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