Gap View Farm
Gap View Farm
Farmhouse in the 1930s
|Nearest city||Charles Town, West Virginia|
|Architectural style||Georgian, Colonial Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||96001574|
|Added to NRHP||January 9, 1997|
Origin of name
Walter Baker came to then, Berkeley County, Virginia, in 1770 and began clearing the property. A small limestone house was built by Baker in 1750, on property that was granted to Henry Lloyd by Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron. The main house of the farm was built by Baker in 1774. At Baker's death in 1820, the property was sold by Baker's widow, Jacobina, to James L. Ranson. When Ranson fell on hard times, he sold it to Parker Strode in 1868. In 1871, the property was acquired by Charles Aglionby, who owned the adjoining Mount Pleasant estate and a portion of Media Farm. Over time the house was expanded in four phases. In 1937, the farm was again sold to a family by the name of Barlett.
In 1954, the farm was purchased by World War I veteran Frank Buckles and his wife Audrey (who died in 1999). Their daughter Susannah was born there in 1955 and would come back to live there after her Mother's death. Buckles would ultimately become the last U.S. survivor of World War I, and lived there until his death on February 27, 2011 at the age of 110.
Susannah Buckles Flanagan and husband Mike Flanagan run the day-to-day operations of the farm and have made the farm more eco-friendly. In May 2008, volunteers planted over 1,000 trees and shrubs on the farm.
Many local agencies have worked with the Flanagans to plant trees and shrubs, as well as wetland species of trees and shrubs, along the property's stream and wetland areas.
The Flanagans also installed 15,000 feet of fencing as part land retirement program called the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. The fencing separated the farm's conservation areas from the farm's other residents, 130 head of cattle.
In July 2009, it was announced that the farm was in the running for the West Virginia Conservation Farmer of the Year, though it is unclear if the farm won. The farm had won Jefferson County Conservation Farmer of the Year in 2009.
In October 2009, the property was being "challenged" by development, causing the Flanagans to consider the West Virginia Agricultural Land Protection Program to prevent that from happening.
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- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. WV-11, "Gap View Farm, Charles Town vicinity, Jefferson County, WV", 2 photos