Foundation signs option to purchase 'Island Farm'

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STRASBURG -- The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation is interested in purchasing the "Island Farm" property in Strasburg.

The foundation signed an option to buy for the property on Tuesday from the Island Farm's current owner, Doug Boyd, according to John Hutchinson, director of preservation and planning with the battlefields foundation. The option secures the property, which is adjacent to Cedar Creek, for six months while the foundation conducts a feasibility study on what it calls a "protection effort," according to a memo provided by Hutchinson. The study will cost between $40,000 and $60,000, it says.

"We have signed an option to buy with the owner that will allow us to do appraisals of the property and explore its value and what it might mean to protect it," Hutchinson said....

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