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The Quarries Master Site Plan
The Quarries Trail System
Master Site Plan

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The Quarries EcoVillage

located in Schuyler, VA, is a model example of sustainable ecological Master Planning and residential development. The surrounding area was made popular by Earl Hamner in his writings and television show "The Waltons".

The 500 acre site is mostly wooded, with varied topography, and features some dramatic long views in the winter. The most compelling feature of this land is that it was the site of numerous soapstone quarries that have been abandoned for more than 70 years. Nature has since done a wonderful job in regenerating beautiful natural habitat for native flora and fauna, around the pristine spring fed quarries. This site presented a rare opportunity to create a village community on this once neglected land, that complements the existing village of Schuyler.

Whereas the site was once industrial wasteland, strewn with piles of scrap stone throughout, Master Planning was a formidable challenge. This involved a series of Site Plan objective overlays, inc. south facing home sites, optimum road access, septic drain field locations, and a pedestrian Trail System, connecting every home site to the Common Land Quarry. Ecological Covenants and Building Materials Guidelines insure that homes meet energy efficient standards and are sited to show respect for the land, and reflect the individual character of each homesite.

Keech-Ross Master Plan
Keech-Ross Homesite

Keech-Ross Residence

located in South Boston, VA. When purchased in 2007, the property was an abandoned, rural 58 acre Parcel of unmanaged mixed fields and woods, bisected by an unsightly electric transmission line. The new home building site was carefully selected, providing optimum solar access and view potential, while minimizing the number of trees required to be cleared for construction.

The building site also provided the opportunity to construct a proximate irrigation farm pond, to be partially supplied by a rainwater harvesting system on the house. The acreage is in the process of being selectively cleared of diseased Pines, to nurture the regeneration of a healthy hardwood forest, and reclaiming of open pastures for productive hay fields, livestock, and natural habitat for wildlife.

Fred Oesch | 8672 Schuyler Rd. | P.O. Box 58 | Schuyler, VA. 22969 | [434] 566-4229 | email : fredoesch@earthlink.net