The Ivy Creek Natural Area is a gem of a retreat, lying close to the heavily populated urban ring of Albemarle County yet offering more than 200 acres of quiet solace for humans, habitat preservation for wildlife, and water-quality protection for all of us.
The nature reserve is the legacy of the Carr-Greer family, successful African-American farmers and educators. It’s their land that has been preserved and restored to a natural state by the Ivy Creek Foundation, which operates the site with Albemarle County.
But the family’s historic farmhouse? That’s not been well-preserved. In fact, Preservation Virginia has listed it as one of the state’s most Endangered Historic Places for 2018.