Bird Walk and Tour of the Historic Ridgedale House

  • Sunday, October 11, 2015
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Hampshire County, WV


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What: Bird Walk and Tour of the Historic Ridgedale House

Where:  Hampshire County, WV

When:  Sunday, October 11, 2015

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 bird walk

            10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. house tour                                 

Cost:  Free

PVAS Trip Leader:  Rob Mulligan

PVAS Host:  Debbie Maiorano

Please join PVAS on a special trip to a historic Hampshire County farm.

The trip will include a bird walk on the farm property and a tour of the farm's historic house, led by the owners.

Both activities will be free and open to anyone with an interest.  Anyone may elect to participate in both or just one.

Children will be welcome.

The event is free but pre-registration is required.

The farm, called Ridgedale, is located about 5 miles north of Romney and has a long history.  It was first settled in 1725 and then was the site of a fort that was garrisoned by militia during the French and Indian War.  The property was acquired in the early 1930s by George W. Washington, a great-great grandson of President Washington's brother Lawrence.  The property continued to be actively farmed by the Washington family until 1930.

The farmland surrounding the house offers good birding habitat.  Surrounded by mountains, it encompasses 252 acres that include a mixture of fields, hedgerows, and woodland.  Part of the property borders the South Branch of the Potomac.

Those who plan to participate in the bird walk should wear comfortable shoes and bring water and insect repellent.

The trip will be rescheduled in the event of heavy rain.

Ridgedale farm is located at 651 Washington Bottom Road, Springfield, WV, 26763.  Getting there involves a drive of about 1.5 to 1.35 hours from most locations in the Eastern Panhandle.

Those who wish to carpool should plan to meet the trip host, Debbie Maiorano, in the parking lot of the Inwood Food Lion store on Route 51, just off I-80.  She will be leaving there promptly at 6:30 .m.

For additional information on the Ridgedale House please visit:  or visit

Please contact Debbie at 540-535-5145 or with any questions.

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