At 63 years of age I was living the very first dream I can remember having as a child when this legal saga began.
When I was four years old my folks began taking me to a farm owned by former neighbors of our apartment complex in Washington D. C. It was then that I knew I wanted someday to have a farm and take care of animals.
After a career in science and a period for travel I found myself in the financial situation whereby this dream of having my farm could come true. So at the age of 58 I planned out the hows and wheres.
Wanting to be able to make a difference I decided that establishing a non-profit charitable organization that could buy the property and act to improve the environment, aid wildlife and engage in educational programs would be the most balanced course of action.
When I was about 12 years old my younger sister had a book called “It Looks Like This,” A Point of View Book. It is a book of animal drawings showing each animal from a different point of view. It was then that I decided to name my place “Point of View Farm.”
Having grown up in the mid Atlantic States, my first choice for the farm location focused on this region. New England and the Pacific Northwest were also considered. My love, however, for the soft mountains of West Virginia continually brought me to this area to find my farm.
Finally, after searching for few years I found on the internet what turned out to be the perfect place for me. Located in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains in Pocahontas County, West Virginia this 262 acre tract had a log cabin and a couple of run in sheds. But most of all it was tucked into Calvin Price State Forest and its 10,000 acres. The only access to this land was via a 450 foot drive through the Greenbrier River. No other roads reached the farm and no one else lived on this side of the river for miles. Another bonus was that the farm came with an eight acre island in the river. A pristine mountain stream, Oldham Run, bisected the farm.
And even best of all was that the farm contained almost every ecological niche available in West Virginia. Beautiful meadows and fields sculptured over millions of years by the river undulated over most of the property, but a whole mountainside was on the eastern border. Low land forests blended with those of the mountaintops. A huge wetland contained a rhododendron forest so dense it seemed one could live beneath its canopy. Oldham Run even cut through a canyon.
For me this was the perfect place to have a sanctuary where I could engage in animal rehabilitation and be isolated so as not to interfere with others nor have them interfere with me.
Settlement for the purchase of the property occurred on July 3, 2000.