Historic Riverside 373 +/- Acre Farm
Offered in parcels or its entirety
Location: 221 Bennett Road, Weston, WV 26452
GPS: 39.0651, -80.4619
Online only bidding
Bidding is open and begins closing Monday, September 18th at 7:00 PM
Open House/ATV Tours:
Saturday, August 19th from 3:00-6:00 PM
Saturday, September 2nd from Noon-3:00 PM
& Saturday, September 9th from Noon-3:00 PM
Private showings by appointment after August 1st. ATV’s welcome.
Meet Alden Butcher, Auctioneer at the horse barn on Subject #10
Livestock on the property, use caution. Keep gates closed, the cattle love adventures!
373 +/- Acres, Historic Farmland, 17 Versatile Parcels, Potential Homesites, Tillable, Pasture & Woodland, Excellent Location, Lewis County, West Fork River, Paved Frontage
Opportunities like this rarely come to the market. Riverside Farm, the jewel of the Hunter M. Bennett Estate, has never been offered for sale to the public. Its storied history goes back eight generations to Revolutionary War hero Paulser Butcher, who searched the frontier for the ideal location for his farm, settling on this picturesque bend in the West Fork River near the town of Weston. On the expansive flat and rolling farming acreage, he planted his orchards which made West Virginia famous for its peach brandy.
In the generations that followed, Judge Bennett transformed the farm into a powerhouse in the horseracing world. Breeding, training, and racing hundreds of trotters, Riverside Farm rose to fame in the 1940s as the home of award-winning horse “Beautiful Scamp”. It boasted two 5/8-mile tracks, one which was historically a covered track, and extensive barns and outbuildings, some of which remain on the property.
The Riverside fields are a rarity in West Virginia with extensive flat and rolling meadows of farming and ranching acreage. Will you choose a cattle or horse farming operation or luxury homesites with expansive river views? Currently, the fields are in use as a robust income-producing cattle farm, with fenced acreage, ponds, barns and outbuildings, and an additional farmer’s residence for potential rental income. Current relationships with reliable tenant farmers can be extended to continue maintaining the fields for additional income if you so desire.
The farm boasts extensive frontage on the picturesque bend of the beautiful West Fork River, where your family and friends will enjoy fishing, picnicking, canoeing, camping, kayaking, and swimming.
The Woodland portion of the property to the West encompasses the utmost privacy of owning the entire bowl of Wolf Run Hollow. The acreage is suitable for a secluded hunting lodge or luxury private wooded homesites, all in the midst of a mature hardwood timber investment. Sport and recreation opportunities abound as you hike through the whispering oaks, jump on the mountain bikes, or ride the 4-wheeler to the hilltop and watch the deer graze in the sunset.
Imagine all this with a quick 10-minute drive to grocery stores, gas stations, award winning restaurants and Interstate 79. In addition to the peace of mind that comes from going “off the grid” with completely independent water wells and power. The farm has the advantage public water, sewer and electricity for added convenience, certainly from a development standpoint.
373 +/- acres of diverse farm and managed woodland-wildlife land
Large flat and gently rolling open fields suitable for hay, crops, and livestock grazing
130 +/- Acres fenced pasture with flat and gently rolling fields and some steeper areas
110+/- Acres of abundant forest resources with reliable timber income
Option for organic farming, hydroponics, and composting
Option for onsite staff or tenant farmer in existing dwelling
Excellent hunting, camping and recreation opportunities
Development opportunity featuring multiple dream homesites
4,000 +/- Feet of paved frontage and West Fork River frontage
1,800 +/- Feet of paved road (Bennett Road, main entrance)
Potential restoration or retrofit of 34x180 horse barn, racetracks, and training facilities
Potential renovation of Revolutionary Era historic homestead without limitation
Solid long-term investment considering land appreciation, agriculture income and future development
- Location Location Location:
Superior access by state-maintained roads I-79, US 33, Corridor H and US 19
10 minutes to Weston for gas, grocery, museums, and award-winning restaurants
Between Weston and Jackson’s Mill, the boyhood home of Civil War General Stonewall Jackson, now WVU Jackson’s Mill Conference Center & State 4-H Camp.
New bridge replacement of 4th Street Bridge in Weston for heavy commercial access
Close to Stonewall Jackson Lake & Resort, Arnold Palmer Golf Course, Stonecoal Lake
4-hour drive from Washington, DC
Helicopter-friendly with no flight restrictions
18 miles from Upshur County Regional Airport and FBO, 28 miles from North Central West Virginia Airport with regular direct flights to Charlotte NC, Orlando FL and more
City water and sewer available
Electric -- Monongahela Power
Natural Gas (private wells on property, mineral rights do not convey)
Legal: Lewis County Deed Book 681 Pg. 55 03-7E-15, 04-7E-13, 03-7E-23, 03-6E-41 Surface rights only.
Multiparcel Bidding Order:
The bidding platform allows you to bid in any combination or the whole farm.
Note: Combination bidding will be turned on the final day of the auction. Combination bidding simply means bidders have the ability to select multiple parcels at once and get a price. Individual bids can be placed on each parcel now. If you have questions, please contact the auctioneer. Alden Butcher. 304-695-1621 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject #1: 22.9 +/- Acres, 1,080 Feet paved frontage, excellent access, fenced for livestock grazing, multiple prime building sites, mostly open, beautiful flat and gently rolling meadow.
Subject #2: 17.2 +/- Acres, wooded with future timber harvest potential, private building site ideal for seclusion and surrounded by medium diameter and tall trees. Access via common easement through Sub. #1.
Subject #3: 19.6 +/- Acres, features secluded building sites, mixture of open and wooded land, ideal for a private home site. Access via common easement through Sub. # 1 & 2.
Subject #4: 108.3 +/- Acres, supreme privacy with excellent building potential, healthy forest managed for uneven growth, stand consist of yellow poplar with tall strait trees without excessive branching, oaks, hickory, walnut. Prime hunting ground. Access via common easement through Sub. # 1,2 & 3.
Subject #5: 26.2 +/- Acres, open ground, prime building sites, 1,800 feet paved frontage, fenced for livestock grazing, scenic views, outstanding access off Old Mill Road. There is an existing right of way though Subject #5 for adjacent farm use and well access. Common easements are 40 ft right of way for utility and ingress/egress. Common easements are indicated on landID map by yellow line.
Subject #6: 9.8 +/- Acres, features a flat open field dedicated to hay production, prime access and building sites, rare to find ground with supreme access!
Subject #7: 11.6 +/- Acres, flat and gently rolling open ground, 590 +/- feet West Fork River Frontage, used primarily for crop production, ideal for a river front dream home! Access via Bennett Road and former railroad grade.
Subject #8: 13.1 +/- Acres, historic home site, river frontage, partially fenced, home is in a dilapidated state, potential for historic restoration without limitation. The dwelling is known to be the oldest remaining residence built in Lewis County, circa 1780.
Subject #9: 12.3 +/- Acres, prime building sites, partially wooded and open, the dwelling on the property has been used for rental income, concrete block structure is in decent shape, potential for rental income. Access off Bennett Road.
Subject #10: 29.6 +/- Acres. The heart of the farm operation, former 5/8-mile horse track, fenced, open pasture ground, building sites, the 34x180 horse barn needs work but has potential to be brought back to its former glory, West Fork River frontage with scenic bend. Access via Bennett Road. Common easement provided to Sub. #13.
Subject # 11: 18+/- Acres, fenced open pasture ground, fishing pond, building sites, scenic views for a dream home site! Access via Bennett Road and old railroad grade.
Subject# 12: 15+/- Acres, fenced pasture and partially wooded ground with beautiful potential home sites, fishing pond, paved frontage.
Subject #13: 20+/- Acres, featuring scenic river views and fenced pasture ground, potential for building sites for a home or barns, access via common easement through Sub. #10 and old railroad.
Subject #14: 18.1 +/- Acres with superior views, ideal for your dream house on the hill! primarily fenced pasture ground with small, wooded area. Common easement access.
Subject #15: 12.2 +/- Acres, level fenced pasture ground, premium building location for multiple homes or commercial development, paved frontage with supreme access to Old Mill Road and public utilities. Access via Old Mill Road and common easement.
Subject #16: 8.5 +/- Acres, premium building sites with development or commercial potential, paved frontage, and access to public utilities, used primarily for crop production and grazing. Access via Old Mill Road, and railroad common easement.
Subject #17: 17.45 +/- Acres, prime access off US RT 19 and Jackson’s Mill Road intersection, primarily level ground with potential for a private camp or commercial use, formally known as the Weston Raceway dirt racetrack, scenic river bend and beautiful river access, ideal for fishing and boat launching, natural gas infrastructure on a portion of the property, gated access off Jackson’s Mill Road. No survey required.
Terms: 10% nonrefundable down payment due within 48 hours of the close of the Auction. No financing or other contingencies. Any required inspections must be completed prior to bidding. All information contained herein derived from sources deemed reliable but not warranted. Sold as is no warranties written or implied. Property will be sold free and clear of any & all liens and encumbrances. Taxes will be prorated to the day of closing. 60 days to close. 10% buyer’s premium will be added to determine the final contract price.
KAUFMAN REALTY & AUCTIONS OF WV
399 W. Main St.
Bridgeport, WV 26330
David Anthony Kaufman, Broker
Alden Butcher- Auctioneer/Realtor Sale Leader
Cell# (304) 695-1621
Auc. License #1918
John L. Spiker
Auc. Lic. #184
Any required inspections must be completed prior to bidding. All information contained herein derived from sources deemed reliable but not warranted. Sold as is no warranties written or implied. Property will be sold free and clear of any & all liens and encumbrances. Taxes will be prorated to the day of closing. 60 days to close. A 10% buyer’s premium will be added to determine the final contract price.
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Buyer's Premium Example:
Bid Price: $100,000
Plus 10% Buyers Premium: $10,000
Total Contract Price: $110,000
Down Payment $11,000
In a reserve auction, if a bidder's max bid is below the reserve, the system bids on behalf of the seller up to the reserve.
DISCLOSURE: Kaufman Realty & Auctions of WV is acting as Auctioneer/agent and is an agent for the seller only.
Note: The farm is currently being leased for livestock grazing and hay/crop production until October 31st, 2023. The prospective buyer/s must honor existing farm leases.
Rights of Way/ Common Easements: There are gas wells on the property with existing rights of way for gas pipelines and operator access. There is an existing right of way though Subject #5 for adjacent farm use and well access. Common easements are 40 ft right of way for utility and ingress/egress. Common easements are indicated on landID map by yellow line.
DISCLAIMER: Information contained herein is believed to be correct to the best of auctioneer/agent’s knowledge but is subject to inspection and verification by all parties relying on it. Sellers, their representatives and auctioneer/agent shall not be liable for inaccuracies, errors, or omissions.
All square footage and other dimensions are approximate. Boundary lines are according to tax map and shall not be used as a survey.
Survey: Buyer shall pay $500.00 toward each newly surveyed parcel. If the property is sold to one buyer, no survey will be provided. If the property is sold in parcels to separate buyers, a survey will be conducted for each parcel/s. If the buyer/s purchase continuous parcels, the parcels will be combined in one continuous tract. All parcels are sold subject to existing right of way and new common easements if multiple parcels are sold to separate buyers. Parcel #17 Does not require a survey.
BUYER/BROKER INFORMATION: Up to 1% Commission will be paid to any properly licensed buyer's broker who registers a successful buyer according to the Broker Participation Guidelines. Broker registration forms are available. Call for Broker Registration Form or print it from the documents tab for that specific Auction. Must be registered & Approved 24 hours prior to Auction. Brokers/Agents are not entitled to a commission if they are the purchaser.
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