The equestrian community, Walnut Creek Preserve, evolved out of a commitment by Bob and Babs Strickland to preserve from threatened high density development the 2,005 acre wooded and water-coursed tract of timbered forest that adjoins their 95 acre farm. They believed that an equestrian community could happily co-exist with a nature preserve and educational forest. The Stricklands' vision is to develop a small community of like-minded families who love horses, hiking and nature, and who seek rural seclusion and large acreage but prefer to be reasonably close to necessary and desirable amenities, including schools and stores.
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Nestled at the core of the equestrian community are 1,500 acres protected in perpetuity from any development through the grant of a conservation easement to Pacolet Area Conservancy, a regional land conservancy. The remaining 500 to 600 acres are offered as equestrian home sites and horse farm sites, each with adjoining pasture lands, creating a community of families within the Preserve to serve as stewards of a rural and wild land ecosystem. Further residential or commercial development of the 2,100 acres will be prohibited in perpetuity, with deed restrictions recorded on the home sites to preclude any further subdivision.