I am no mapmaker, but in response to requests, here is a map of Stringtown Rising Farm (to the best of my ability). The shape of the farm is traced from the plat, so that part is perfect. I won’t claim the rest of it is precisely to scale, but at least it gives you an idea of where things are when I talk about the duck ‘n’ buck yard or BP-land or the bottom fields.
Our 40-acre farm is located in Roane County, West Virginia, on a dirt road bordering the Pocatalico River. The river is marked with a solid blue line. The creek that runs through our farm and empties into the river is marked with a dotted blue line. The red line is the road. As you look at this picture, if you were to go left on the road, it would take you over 2 miles of dirt road traversing a hill with narrow spots on the road and no guard rails until you reach a hard road. If you were to go right, you’d quickly cross the river ford and reach a hard road on the other side.
2. Old derrick
3. New milk stand in BP-land
4. Chicken house
5. Goat yard
6. Goat house
9. Duck ‘n’ buck yard with pond
10. Old milk stand
11. River ford
None of the hillside areas are fenced in right now, except a little bit of hillside in the duck ‘n’ buck yard and some parts of the hillside in BP-land. Eventually, we hope to fence in more hillside areas. (They’re a little difficult to get to.) There’s also another plateau up the hill behind the house. Again, hard to get to, so we haven’t done anything with that yet. Also again, my drawings of pastures etc are not accurate to scale (for example, the duck ‘n’ buck yard is as big or bigger than the goat yard, so I didn’t size those quite right on the map), but hopefully it gives you some general perspective.
Here is our farm on Google satellite maps. This isn’t the entire farm, mostly the area around the house. As you can see, the house doesn’t actually squarely face the road. I told you I was no mapmaker!
Here is some identification of a few of the landmarks you can see in this view.
C. Goat house
D. New milk stand
G. Chicken house
I. You can’t see it, but the duck ‘n’ buck yard is thatta way
J. Goat yard
If I pull back any more in the map, you can’t see much identifiable because of all the trees. The white squiggles on the road are where I’ve marked out the name of the road on the map.
Pulling back even more, you probably can see most of our farm in this photo, but you can barely even see the house. The gray solid lines that partially appear at the top left corner, to the right, and at the bottom in this image are some kind of map something, not sure what, maybe old district lines or something related to utilities, I have no idea. They don’t correspond to anything that actually “exists” in the real sense or to our property lines. (The one in the top left corner cuts through our third field.)
It does give a better view of our bottom pastures, which you can see in the “un”treed strip of land along the road. The arrow points to the dot that is BP’s old milk stand in the third field of the bottom pastures. Everything looks flat in these maps, which it is very much not. The house is halfway up a steep hill. There is a plateau where the house and all the various things are, then it goes up a steep hill again to a ridge where our property ends.
Here’s the farm in super closeup.