LTLT seeks steward to buy conserved farm

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee recently purchased a historic 130-acre farm in northern Macon County and is looking for a buyer to be a steward for the now protected property.

The “Lakey Creek Farm” in the Oak Grove community has 1,100 feet of Lakey Creek running through it and several smaller streams, plus what is thought to be the oldest standing structure in that area of the county.

The farm was purchased at a “bargain” price, according to the land trust.

The property is less than one-quarter mile from the confluence of Lakey Creek and the Little Tennessee River. Lakey Creek is designated as Wild Trout water by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the river is designated as Critical Habitat by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

LTLT hopes to find a conservation buyer for the property who will be inspired to restore the historic structure. The house and property lie in one of the most intact historic and natural landscapes in Western North Carolina between the Cowee-West’s Mill Historic District and the Needmore Game Lands.

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