Texas Land Conservancy is proud to announce the addition of the Ellis County Rural Heritage Farm as the latest completed conservation project at the end of a busy year. Through a conservation easement with TLC, landowner Lu Ann Aday has ensured that this historic farm will continue to allow for discovery of the natural world. Visitors and students will find a place in Ellis County untouchable to encroaching development and rich with lessons from the past.
“We know that we won’t be here forever, but this conservation easement means that we have a partner in protecting the land in perpetuity. Now we can focus on bolstering the infrastructure of the farm, so it remains a place of learning and reflects our cultural heritage for generations to come.” – Lu Ann Aday
Ellis County Rural Heritage Farm has been in the Aday family since 1963; this 145-acre property is a remnant of the family’s larger 460-acre farm. In the early 1990s, around 315 acres were appropriated for the Superconducting Super Collider Project, a particle accelerator complex that was set to be the world’s largest and most energetic. The project never panned out, but the land was severed from the family farm, nonetheless. The protection by TLC will ensure the current 145 acres will remain whole and intact forever.