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- 669 Rookstool Rd., Alderson, WV 24910
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CARROLL FARM ON MUDDY CREEK
The Carroll Farm on Muddy Creek is an enchanting 65-acre mountain farm fronting for nearly ½ mile on beloved Muddy Creek. Everything is here to establish a regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural system.
Located in Greenbrier County near Lewisburg and Alderson WV, a circa 1900 farm house is newly renovated and offers comfortable year-round living. The property has a rich history dating back to the 1800’s when the first settlers to the area cleared the bottomland, higher benches, and gentle hill side slopes to raise crops and create grazing boundaries. The property offers excellent building sites with 30 mile views.
- Nearly 1/2 mile of frontage on free flowing Muddy Creek
- 65 acres of rich agricultural fields and 100+ year old heritage trees scattered about
- Long views of distant mountains and the valley below
- Numerous building sites from all corners of the property
- Vintage farm home, with some recent renovations, dates back to the turn of the 20th century
- A second classic farm house now under renovation and ready to finish out
- Located in a quiet country neighborhood at the end of a paved state maintained road
- Large 2-story barn, root cellar, corncrib, machine shed, potting shed and chicken house
- Several more multi-purpose outbuildings in great condition
- Property has new fencing and ready for livestock (horses and goats are onsite now)
- 5 minutes to Alderson and 20 to minutes to Lewisburg offering in-town amenities
- All mineral rights the owner has will convey with the property
- Land suitable for huge gardens, cropland, hay meadows and pasture
- Muddy Creek possibly has the flow to sustain a micro hydroelectric power system
- Aermotor Windmill standing 40’ high with a 6’ blade span is already in place
- Electricity and phone on site
- Fruit orchard and working honey bee hive
- Cell phone coverage is good in most places
- Natural Springs, farm pond, and nearly ½ mile on Muddy Creek
- 5 minutes to the Greenbrier River, gateway for water recreation and New River Gorge
- Wildlife includes deer, turkey, songbirds, eagles, raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, etc.
- Elevations: 1595 ft. to 1752 ft.; so it’s warmer than higher elevations
- Property has been surveyed and plat map recorded in the Greenbrier County Courthouse
- Old horse and mule trails are still evident today
- Dark Skies, little or no light pollution perfect for star gazing and planet observation
- 20 minutes to the Greenbrier Valley Airport’s jet service to Charlotte
- 15 minutes to Interstate I-64 and 40 minutes to 1-77 at Beckley
The Carroll Farm is located along the banks of Muddy Creek in Greenbrier County, WV, near Lewisburg and Alderson. This 65-acre agricultural-recreational opportunity is located in the scenic, mountainous region of southeastern West Virginia. The surrounding Greenbrier County landscape is part of the southeastern Ridge and Valley Region, a scenic tapestry of elongated hardwood Allegheny & Appalachian mountain ranges. Much of Greenbrier County remains undeveloped and is characterized by its scenic farm valleys, small communities and large expanses of hardwood forest.
At 65 acres, the Carroll Farm represents an opportunity to create a classic family ownership legacy for the next tenure, or to carefully craft a rural residential project for future cabin sites. Terrain is typical of the region and considered flat to rolling to mountainous.
Google Coordinates: 37.753544°(N), -80.616942°(W)
Address: 669 Rookstool Road, Alderson, WV 24910
Elevation Range: 1595 ft. to 1752 ft. +/-
HOME INFORMATION #1
Primary Residence Summary:
- 2 Bedrooms
- 1 Bathroom
- Kitchen/Dining Room
- Living Room
- Covered front and back porches
- Built-in Attic
Primary Residence Square Footage Summary:
- 978 SF +/- Main Level
- 784 SF +/- Built-in Attic
- TOTAL: 1,762 SF
ROOM DIMENSION SUMMARY
- Kitchen/Dining Room 14 X 20
- Living Room 14 X 16
- Bedroom 10 X 14
- Bedroom 10 X 14
- Bathroom/Laundry combo 8 X 13
- Covered front porch 6 X 26 plus 4 X 6
- Covered back porch 9 X 26
- Open deck 8 X 20
- 14 X 30 plus 14 X 26
PRIMARY RESIDENCE OUTBUILDINGS
- 8 X 16 2-Story Utility Building (concrete lower level, wood upper level)
- 14 X 30 Equipment Building
- 5 X 16 Corn Crib
- 18 X 10 Garage Building
- 14 X 16 2-Story Cellar (cut stone lower level, wood upper level)
- 4 X 10 Plant or Firewood Shed
- 8 X 32 Building (possible former chicken coop)
- 28 X 46 2-Story Barn with equipment storage in lower level
HOME INFORMATION #2 (Upper Pasture)
- Vintage 2-Story house with later addition in early stage of extensive interior renovation (much of the new electric wiring and a new 200 AMP breaker box are already in place)
- Metal roof and wood siding
- Appears to be planned for lower level to have family room, living room, kitchen/dining room, and bathroom/laundry room
- Upper level appears to have 3 bedrooms and loft storage
- Original back-to-back cut stone fireplaces
- Vintage windows and glass with some old shutter hardware
- Vintage doors with white porcelain door knobs and skeleton key hardware (RLCo brand)
- Vintage hardwood floors in several rooms
- Long porch wraps much of the house exterior
- Old cut stone in foundation and former entrance walk way
- Remnants of old wind power pump system over filled-in hand dug well
- Great views from this house!
- Excellent cell phone signal at this location!
OUTBUILDINGS LOCATED AT 2nd RESIDENCE
- 20 X 21 Corn Crib with central covered equipment storage area
- 19 X 24 2-Story Storage/Barn
There are small patches of timber scattered about on the farm. Most of the forest has young stands of trees surrounding rocky outcrops or standing in the steeper hollows not suited to be maintaining as agricultural land. Along the creek, there are some very ancient sycamore, maple and oak trees. Along the field lines and scattered about the farm, are some very old “Heritage Trees” that were just young trees when the farm was established in the 1800’s.
Most of the 65 acres is devoted to agricultural fields. The land is not rocky and a good portion of the land could be used to raise agricultural crops (corn, pumpkins, vegetables, flowers etc). There is new fencing in place. Presently, much of the property is devoted to grazing for the goats and horses already on site.
The owner has a hive of honey bees established near the house to facilitate pollination of the surrounding flower and vegetable gardens.
There is a fruit orchard located down near the creek.
The farm has a mixture of hayfields/pasture, mature forest and abandoned farm fields, coupled with the abundant water supply from the creeks and springs, creating the perfect wildlife habitat. The miles of “edge effect” created between field and forest is the perfect habitat for all the resident wildlife. The edges create a mile-long wildlife food plot. White tail deer, wild turkey, squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, fox and many species of songbirds, bald eagles, owls, woodpeckers and raptors make up the resident wildlife population.
Otters and fishers, as well as blue herons, raccoons, opossums and chipmunks have been seen in and along the creek. Of course, the creek and its rocky edge support fish, crawdads, salamanders, June bugs and all types of aquatic invertebrates.
The farm is blessed with year-round water sources. Muddy Creek flows for nearly ½ mile. Several large hollows, many ephemeral streams flow during rain events and snow melt create topographic relief throughout the property. There are also natural springs. The water source for the primary residence is an artesian spring which runs year round. This spring is fenced off and includes professionally installed intakes which feed into a buried 1000-gallon concrete storage tank. Because the water source is gravity fed, there is still water when the power is out. There is also a pump under the house to provide additional water pressure.
As far as the owner knows, the mineral title is intact and all rights the owner has will convey with the property. It is always a good idea to have a title attorney check the status of both the surface and mineral titles when purchasing property.
BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY
A property boundary survey was performed in 2001, and a survey plat is on record. The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.
Water: Artesian spring (see information above)
Telephone: Available through Frontier
Internet: Available through Dish, DirecTV or HughesNet
Cellphone Coverage: Good in most places
The property is accessed by Rookstool Road WV RT 54/4, providing direct access to the public road system.
The county is subject to some zoning and subdivision regulations. All prospective buyers should consult the County Commission and the Health Department for details regarding zoning, building codes and installation of septic systems.
PROPERTY TYPE/USE SUMMARY
The property is devoted to the grounds around the home and farm buildings, many fields that have been used for pasture and cultivation, some small wooded areas, and a small pond. There is nearly a half mile of frontage on Muddy Creek.
DEED AND TAX INFORMATION
Deed Information: Deed Book 518, Page 512 (Boundary Survey recorded at Plat File B-47)
Greenbrier County, West Virginia
Total Acreage: 65.20 acres +/-
Real Estate Taxes:
Greenbrier County, West Virginia
Blue Sulphur District
TM 36 Parcel 28
2016 Real Estate Taxes: $320.78
Lewisburg, a 20 minute drive, is the county seat of Greenbrier County and home to the WV Osteopathic Medical School (800 students) and the New River Community and Technical College. The area is a strong economic generator with a solid workforce employed in county/state government, tourism, hospitality, education, retail, construction, wood products, mining and agriculture. The Greenbrier Valley and surrounding area is richly blessed with a wide array of cultural events that keep life in the valley interesting and satisfying. A year round live theatre, Carnegie Hall (one of four in the USA), fine dining, art galleries and boutiques make up the thriving downtown historic district in Lewisburg.
Lewisburg was voted Coolest Small Town in America and has complete shopping, big box stores, churches, schools, medical-dental facilities, fine dining, and a modern hospital. The airport, with the longest runway in the state is just 30 minutes away and has jet service to Charlotte.
The surrounding area offers unlimited soft recreational activities including white water rafting, golfing, fishing, camping, hiking, bird watching and rock climbing. Snow skiing at the Winterplace Ski Resort is 1 hour away. In 30 minutes, you can catch the Amtrak train in Hinton or in 45 minutes at the Greenbrier Resort and travel to Chicago or New York City. The Beckley Airport is just 35 minutes away.
Alderson’s amenities include churches, elementary school, grocery store, hardware/farm supply store, motel, bank, Dollar General, Family Dollar, gas/convenience stores, medical clinic and restaurants. Alderson is located along the Greenbrier River in Greenbrier County and Monroe County, incorporated in 1881. Alderson was originally settled in 1777 by “Elder” John Alderson, a frontier missionary for whom the town is named, who organized the first Baptist church in the Greenbrier Valley. In 1763, the nearby Muddy Creek settlements were destroyed by Shawnee Indians under Chief Cornstalk. During the early 1900s, Alderson became a hub of higher education in the state. It was home to three separate institutions of higher education, including the Alderson Academy and Junior College, which eventually was integrated into Alderson–Broaddus College in 1932. Alderson is also home to “Camp Cupcake”, the minimum security federal prison where Martha Stewart spent her vacation.
Hinton, the county seat of Summers County is a 30 minute drive. Hinton, founded in 1871, grew rapidly as the hub of a growing railroad industry serving the New River coal fields, passenger travel and coast to coast freight lines. Today, Hinton serves the growing tourist and technology industries. Situate at the confluence of the New River, Bluestone River and Greenbrier River, adjoining the 2000 acre Bluestone Lake, Hinton is truly a gateway to water recreation. The 80,000 acre New River National River Park, Bluestone State Park, Pipestem State Park Resort and 17,000 acre Bluestone Wildlife Management Area are recreational cornerstones in the area. The new 10,000 acre Boy Scout high adventure camp is an hour’s drive. Hospital, grocery shopping, pharmacy, hardware/farm supply and dining are available.
The world renowned 4-Star Greenbrier Resort, home of the PGA tour, is a 30 minute drive. Several other area golf courses are available in the area. Rock climbing, ziplining, horseback riding and the 100 + mile long Hatfield-McCoy ATV trail makes for a very active recreation area.
THE GREENBRIER RIVER
At 162 miles long, the Greenbrier is the longest untamed (unblocked) river left in the Eastern United States. It is primarily used for recreational pursuits and well known for its fishing, canoeing, kayaking and floating opportunities. Its upper reaches flow through the Monongahela National Forest, and it is paralleled for 77 miles by the Greenbrier River Trail, a rail trail which runs between the communities of Cass and North Caldwell.
It has always been a valuable water route, with the majority of the important cities in the watershed being established riverports. The river gives the receiving waters of the New River an estimated 30% of its water volume. Over three-fourths of the watershed is an extensive karstic (cavern system), which supports fine trout fishing, cave exploration and recreation. Many important festivals and public events are held along the river throughout the watershed.
The Greenbrier is formed at Durbin in northern Pocahontas County by the confluence of the East Fork Greenbrier River and the West Fork Greenbrier River, both of which are short streams rising at elevations exceeding 3,300 feet and flowing for their entire lengths in northern Pocahontas County. From Durbin the Greenbrier flows generally south-southwest through Pocahontas, Greenbrier and Summers Counties, past several communities including Cass, Marlinton, Hillsboro, Ronceverte, Fort Spring, Alderson, and Hinton, where it flows into the New River.
Along most of its course, the Greenbrier accommodated the celebrated Indian warpath known as the Seneca Trail (Great Indian Warpath). From the vicinity of present-day White Sulphur Springs the Trail followed Anthony’s Creek down to the Greenbrier near the present Pocahontas-Greenbrier County line. It then ascended the River to the vicinity of Hillsboro and Droop Mountain and made its way through present Pocahontas County by way of future Marlinton, Indian Draft Run, and Edray.
THE NEW RIVER AND BLUESTONE LAKE
The New River Gorge was a vast and largely unsettled wilderness until the C&O railroad was built on the eastern side of the river in the 1880’s. The railroad opened up the rich coalfields and virgin timber stands of the region. Early “mountaineers” settled the area and soon were carving out mountain farms and raising families.
The Carroll Farm is located in the heart of the recreational mecca area encompassing the New River and 2000 acre Bluestone Lake at Hinton. The New River is the second oldest river in the world, preceded only by the Nile; it is the oldest river in North America. The New River is unique because it begins in Blowing Rock, N.C. and flows north through Virginia into West Virginia. The Nile and Amazon are the only other major rivers that also flow north. Year after year, it produces more citation fish than any other warm water river in WV. Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, sunfish, hybrid striped bass, and muskie are all common species of fish found in the New River and Bluestone Lake.
Bluestone Lake is 30 minute drive with over 2000 acres at summer pool and is the state’s third largest body of water. Great hunting and fishing opportunities abound at the 17,632 acre Bluestone Wildlife Area adjacent to the park and nearby Camp Creek State Forest.
From Alderson, West Virginia:
From the intersection of RT 12 and RT 63 at the edge of Alderson toward Alta; travel RT 12 for 1.5 miles; turn left onto Rookstool Road WV RT 54/4; travel Rookstool Road for 4/10 of a mile; you are entering the farm.
From Lewisburg, West Virginia:
Travel I-64 West for 7.4 miles to Alta/Alderson Exit No. 161; at end of exit ramp, turn left onto WV RT 12 South and travel toward Alderson; at 9.6 miles turn right onto Rookstool Road WV RT 54/4; travel Rookstool Road for 4/10 of a mile; you are entering the farm.