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“There are very few opportunities to protect a tract of this size in the Bethania landscape. PLC is thankful to the many partners who helped make this possible.”
PLC recently completed its 17th project in Historic Bethania, bringing total protected acres in this National Historic Landmark to over 190.
When this recent acquisition went up for sale in 2016, The Conservation Fund, a national conservation group, purchased it to hold until PLC could apply to and secure funding from the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund. With funding in place, PLC purchased the tract and transferred it to the State of NC Department of Cultural Resources, and it will be managed by the Town of Bethania.
Read more about this project below.
The protection of this wooded property adds buffer and greenspace to the historical integrity of the Town of Bethania and the National Historic Landmark area, protecting natural communities and providing opportunities for additional greenway connections.
In 1997, PLC began working with the Town of Bethania to protect the land inside and surrounding the National Historic Landmark. There are also a number of state-designated Significant Natural Heritage Areas in Bethania, areas of high ecological integrity. Protecting the orchard lots, bottom lots, upland fields and woodlands is essential for protecting the Town’s historic design and character that earned its historic designation.
To date, PLC has completed 17 projects in Bethania, protecting over 190 acres, including: Walnut Bluffs and Bottoms (includes a Natural Heritage Area); the Kiger Tracts (includes the Bethania Swamp and Slopes Natural Heritage Area); Muddy Creek Bluffs and Floodplain; Muddy Creek Trail Corridor; Old Apple Orchard; Cedar Grove School Site (site of a former 19th century African-American school); woods and trail buffer surrounding the God’s Acre cemetery and connecting to the historic Bethania AME Zion Church cemetery; the historic site of the Elias Schaub House; the old Schoolhouse (known as Pythian Hall), and wooded lots along Bethania Road. All of these projects were either facilitated for or acquired and transferred to the State of North Carolina and managed by the Town of Bethania, except for the Elias Schaub House site, which is still under ownership and management of PLC.