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Linden Farm is an outstanding 470± acre income-producing farm in Orange County, Virginia. It features expansive views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, two large ponds, and excellent recreational opportunities. Multiple houses and extensive agricultural improvements are spread throughout the productive pasture and rolling topography. The Linden Farm will be offered at auction in four tracts and combinations.
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Auction Date and Location:
- Wednesday, May 17th at 10:00 AM ET
- Held onsite at the Linden Farm
8512 Jackson’s Quarters Road, Rapidan, Virginia 22733
- Wednesday, April 19th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET
- Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET
- Wednesday, May 3rd from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET
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Just the Facts
- 470± acres
- Owner’s compound containing a 1930 Georgian-style brick house, three-bedroom carriage house, one-bedroom guest house, swimming pool, and pool house
- Four-bedroom manager’s house and two-bedroom tenant cottage
- Extensive opportunities for developing hunting and recreational resources
- Two ponds (4.1± acres and 12.3± acres) with productive fishing and waterfowling
- Income-producing cattle and poultry operations
- Cattle barn, working facilities, equipment barn, and workshop
- Two poultry houses and litter storage facility
- 12 minutes north of Orange, VA
- 45 minutes north of Charlottesville, VA
- 90 minutes south of Washington, D.C.
- Multiple airports within 25 to 90 minutes of the farm facilitate domestic, international, and private air travel (Orange County, Culpeper Regional, Charlottesville-Albemarle, Richmond International, and Dulles International Airport)
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Tract 1: 310± acres with a main estate, carriage house, guest cottage, and additional home.
Tract 2: 87± acres with prime homesite.
Tract 3: 28± acres “Swing Tract” can only be purchased along with an adjoining tract.
Tract 4: 45± acres with manager’s home, cattle facilities, and turkey houses.
Linden Farm is accessed off Clark’s Mountain Road, a quiet two-lane country road. The entrance is marked by an impressive 4.1± acre pond and the driveway enters the property over the pond’s dam, creating a scenic and unique entry. From here, the gravel road continues to the farm’s interior, passing the 12.3± acre Brooke’s Lake, a scenic focal point of the property.
Linden’s primary land use is cattle pasture, although its gently rolling topography is suitable for any number of alternative uses, including crop production, vineyards, equestrian facilities, and upland bird habitat. The views throughout the Linden property are spectacular and the viewshed is often described as the finest in the Rapidan River Basin. The rolling pastures, two large ponds, and wide vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains rival the scenery found anywhere in central Virginia.
The manor house on the property occupies a central elevated location that provides expansive views of the mountains and surrounding landscape. The manor house is ideally situated and ready for a new owner to finish to their specifications. Accompanying the manor house is the three-bedroom carriage house, a one-bedroom guest cottage, a swimming pool, and a pool house. There is also a four-bedroom manager’s house and a two-bedroom tenant cottage. The number of dwellings on this property (five in total) offers turn-key availability and the potential for a multi-generational retreat.
The barns and poultry houses lie southeast of the owner’s compound and can be accessed via internal farm roads or a separate farm entrance off Clifton Road. The agricultural improvements were all designed with efficiency in mind and are built to accommodate large equipment and farm deliveries.
Linden Farm has a history of excellent dove hunting, as well as quality opportunities to pursue whitetail deer and eastern wild turkeys. For 30 years, the farm has been carefully managed to promote robust wildlife populations alongside a successful agricultural operation, and the results are enviable.
The waterfowl hunting on Brooke’s Lake can be highly productive, and there is potential to further develop waterfowl habitat. Linden has hosted several natural and international retriever and pointing dog events. The farm is on the western edge of the Atlantic flyway, and proximity to Lake Anna and Lake Orange provides a steady influx of waterfowl in the winter months. Ducks regularly seen on the farm include wood ducks, mallards, gadwalls, black ducks, and pintails.
Agriculture has played a significant role on the farm over the past thirty years. Cattle continue to be at the center of this, with a focus on bred heifers and cattle genetics. The operation and management are highly regarded, and Linden’s bred heifers are sold up and down the east coast to a carefully developed group of top buyers.
In addition to cattle, the farm has two poultry houses where domestic hen turkeys are raised for premium fresh turkey markets in the east. The houses produce competitive flocks and generate meaningful net annual income. An added efficiency for the rest of the farm is the reliable production of fertilizer as a by-product of the turkey operation.
Leases and Permits
Approximately 60 acres of the farm are enrolled in nutrient banking, a statewide Virginia program whereby agriculture acreage is converted to forest. Once converted, the acreage must remain in trees in perpetuity. The acreage enrolled was selected both for its suitability for the program as well as secondary benefits the forested land will bring to the farm, including perpetual privacy along the property boundaries and expanded wildlife habit.
The property is subject to a Virginia Outdoors Foundation Conservation Easement that may limit substantial development.
The turkey houses are sold subject to a Turkey Management Agreement with Cargill Turkey Production, which will ensure the buyer future contracted income or can be cancelled with a few months’ notice.
Linden Farm encompasses 470± acres in the heart of the picturesque Virginia Piedmont. Wide vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains fill the western viewshed, while the gently sloping land east of the farm marks the beginning of Virginia’s costal plain. For three decades the farm has harmonized agriculture, wildlife, and the homestead, creating a farm that’s proven yet filled with potential for the next owner.
The primary land uses of the farm are agricultural and recreational, and the fertile Davidson soils on the western portion of the farm form the foundation of the production pastures supporting the Angus and SimAngus herd. Wildlife and hunting on the farm can be outstanding, and the rolling topography, two ponds, and a large amount of open acreage provide the groundwork for additional recreational pursuits.
The farm is thoroughly improved, starting with a beautiful, character-rich owner’s compound centered around a Georgian-style manor house built in 1930 with a separate fully updated three-bedroom carriage house and one-bedroom guest cottage. Additional improvements include a manager’s house, tenant cottage, farm buildings, and two poultry houses. Linden’s balanced land uses, privacy, and close proximity to Washington D.C., Richmond, and Charlottesville, make it a coveted opportunity to create a lasting family retreat.
One of the standout features of the farm is its convenient location and overall accessibility. The nearest towns are Orange (12 miles away, population 4,975) and Culpeper (25 miles away, population 18,342), which together feature a wide array of amenities. Forty-five minutes south of the farm is Charlottesville, a small, dynamic city that’s home to the University of Virginia. Richmond and Washington D.C. are also within easy driving distance and can be reached in ninety minutes.
Directions: From Orange, VA: Travel east on VA-615/Rapidan Road and continue for 4.8 miles. Turn right onto VA-627/Clark’s Mountain Road and continue for 1.8 miles. Turn right onto Jackson’s Quarters Road at the Linden Farm sign and continue 0.5 miles. Turn left and continue to the main house.
The Piedmont region of central Virginia features an iconic pastoral landscape set against the dramatic backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The rural area’s strong agricultural and sporting roots are balanced with sophisticated and engaging towns and regional cities. Together they create a distinct sense of place with a uniquely Virginian identity. In the middle of it all is Orange County and Linden Farm.
The farm is surrounded by mostly large landholdings comprised of working farms and recreational and equestrian properties. The area has a rich history, and the European settlements of Orange County stretch back three hundred years. James Madison’s Montpelier is located minutes from the farm and numerous Civil War battles took place nearby, including one of the war’s turning points, the Battle of the Wilderness.