Piedmont Land Conservancy and Crossnore School & Children’s Home Partner to protect 92 acres of undeveloped land in Winston-Salem
One of Winston-Salem’s most beloved landscapes will remain pristine, thanks to an agreement reached between the board of directors of the Piedmont Land Conservancy and Crossnore School & Children’s Home.
Known as a Memorandum of Understanding, the agreement will allow PLC to buy the development rights of 92 of the 213 acres that make up what many know as “The Farm”– Crossnore School & Children’s Home along Reynolda Road.
The agreement will protect the land from development by what’s known as a conservation easement. Crossnore will still own the land, but the agreement will keep intact a tract of land that has generated memories for scores of children for more than a century.
“Many generations of Winston-Salem residents have treasured this property,” says PLC executive director Kevin Redding. “Thousands of children have grown up learning on this land while the surrounding communities have revered its serenity. With this project, PLC and Crossnore are ensuring that current and future generations will enjoy those same benefits.”
For years, Winston-Salem’s community leaders and PLC have looked for ways to protect this jewel of serenity and historic importance in the very heart of our growing city. That work is now underway.
Since 1913, the property has served the needs of children growing up at The Children’s Home. On January 1, 2017, The Children’s Home and The Crossnore School merged to become Crossnore School & Children’s Home for the sole purpose of serving more children in western North Carolina.
Crossnore officials want the farmland off Reynolda Road to remain undeveloped so the land can become a pragmatic resource to help educate, heal and transform the lives of children who come to Crossnore to recover from crisis.
“This partnership is a win-win for PLC and Crossnore,” says Brett Loftis, CEO of Crossnore. “The land will permanently be protected from development, Crossnore will continue to own the land and have access to use it for programming for its children and the value of the land will be leveraged to financially support the programs of Crossnore.”
Michael Hough, a longtime Winston-Salem resident, will chair a capital campaign that will fund the conservation easement and the construction of a 1.5-mile walking trail and parking lot on the property’s perimeter. The trail will allow anyone to hike, picnic and enjoy a piece of property that offers a stunning view of Winston-Salem’s skyline.
Like Loftis, Alex Stacy sees the agreement as a win-win. “We’re excited to be able to keep our land as a sanctuary for children, as it was originally gifted, while offering local access to the community,” says Stacy, a member of Crossnore’s Board of Trustees and Chair of the Real Estate Committee. “Then, the healing power of that vast green space can be shared by all.”
- Read the Winston-Salem Journal’s article on the project here.
- Read 88.5 WFDD’s coverage of the project here.
- Learn more about The Crossnore School and Children’s Home here.
For more information:
Angie Wilson, Capital Campaign Coordinator
Piedmont Land Conservancy