In 2002, Walker and Marjorie Rayburn, transferred a conservation easement over 130 acres of their farm in Perquimans County to the Coastal Land Trust. The Rayburns, concerned by the imminent threat posed by neighboring residential subdivision development, worked with the Coastal Land Trust to explore options available to protect their farmland and agrarian way of life, raising sheep and row crops. The Rayburn Farm lies along the banks of the beautiful tea-colored waters of Yeopim Creek and is an excellent example of the Coastal Land Trust’s farmland preservation work. The property is ecologically significant in that it features high quality soils, bottomland hardwood swamp forest, valuable open space and wildlife habitat. Additionally, the N. C. Division of Parks and Recreation has identified Yeopim Creek as an official paddle trail.
We are delighted to have worked with the Rayburns to preserve their legacy farm, meaning that this farm has been in the Rayburn family for over 100 years, and cultural farming heritage, which is so vital to the history and economy of Perquimans County.