Conservation Buyers Network

Our conservation buyers network links conservation-minded buyers with properties on the market that are under a lasting conservation agreement or will be placed under such an agreement at the time of sale.

This program enables community members who share our goal of protecting North Carolina’s natural and rural landscapes to participate in, and directly benefit from, land conservation. This program informs potential buyers of ecologically valuable properties for sale and provides the appropriate contact information.

If you are interested in a specific property listed here, please use the contact information in the listing to get more information. 

Currituck County

Flyway Farms

220 Marsh Causeway (NC 615)
Knotts Island, NC 27950

  • $800,000
  • House: 5500 Square feet; Farm Structure: 4570 square feet
  • Lot size: 26 acres / Zoning: Single Family Residential Isolated
  • National Register Study underway
  • Preservation Easement pending


Bill Holman, NC Director
The Conservation Fund
919-951-0119 or

flyFlyway Farms provides a rare glimpse of history and waterfowl heritage in a beautiful setting on Knotts Island in Currituck County. It is the last of the historic privately owned hunting lodges in the Currituck Sound and Back Bay region (Gun Clubs & Decoys of Back Bay & Currituck Sound by Archie Johnson & Bud Coppedge, 1991).  The property has wonderful sunset views over Currituck Sound.

The rustic waterfront lodge has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a modern kitchen, and a gun room. There is also a 3-bedroom, 1.5 bath wing with living room that served as the caretaker’s quarters.  The wood-beamed living room has solid oak paneling, 3 inch thick wooden exterior doors, leaded glass windows; built-in bookcases, a window seat and a large brick fireplace. The dining room has oak paneling, a built-in sideboard, and brick floor. The 3 bedrooms are upstairs with views of Currituck Sound. All 3 have private tiled bathrooms. The lodge has original artwork created by the foremost waterfowl artists of the period.  Two desks and two copy tables came from the offices of the New York Herald-Tribune. Original architectural plans of the house are available.

Additionally the estate property includes a striking U-shaped structure known as the “farm building” that housed servants and vehicles as well as farm animals and machinery. The first floor has a five-bay garage, workshops, granary and bird rooms. The second floor has 11 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a kitchen, and living spaces. Although it is wood-clad, the main structure is built of brick.

New York Tribune and New York Herald Tribune publishers Ogden Mills and Helen Rogers Reid built the original lodge and barn for retreats and waterfowl hunting in 1920. Fire destroyed the original lodge in 1958. Reid’s son, Ogden Rogers Reid and his wife Mary Louise Reid rebuilt an exact replica of the lodge in 1959-60. The original “farm building” remains.

The Reid’s hosted Herbert Hoover, Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower and other political figures at Flyway. Ogden Reid served as US Ambassador to Israel from 1959-61 and as a US Congressman from New York from 1963-1973.

The Reid’s were friends of publisher and philanthropist Joseph P. Knapp. Knapp owned the 7000 acre Mackay Island & Knapp Hunting Lodge next to Flyway.  Reid and Knapp discussed waterfowl conservation by the fireplace in the living room at Flyway. Knapp, Robert Winthrop and E. H. Low went on to found what became Ducks Unlimited in 1937.

Many improvements have been made to the lodge, including new spruce clapboard, new windows, new boiler, new water heater, and a lightning suppression system.  The barn has a new water heater and roof.

The lodge is at the end of a ¼ mile mature oak lined drive. The grounds include a boat basin with pier and a tennis court. Mature plantings of sequoias, azaleas, camellias, crepe myrtles and other flowering shrubs surround the house. Ornamental and fruit trees dot the property.

The lodge and farm structure are located outside of the 100-year floodplain. Elevation certificates have been prepared. A National Register nomination is underway and a preservation easement is pending to protect the property in perpetuity. The property includes waterfowl hunting point blinds on Faraby Island in Currituck Sound and easy access to other public and private blinds in Currituck Sound and Back Bay. It is ½ mile south of the North Carolina-Virginia line. It’s close to both the North Carolina Outer Banks and to Virginia Beach.

The Conservation Fund acquired the 425 acre Flyway Farms property in 2013. Most of the property will be transferred to the US Fish and Wildlife Service to add to 8320 acre Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge for wildlife conservation.

Here is more information about Knotts Island and Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Macon County

Gibson Bottoms Conservation Property

4.15.03B 004The 64.35-acre property on the Little Tennessee River (3,660 feet of river frontage) is 10 minutes north of downtown Franklin and 5 minutes south of Cowee-West’s Mill National Register Historic District. Gibson Bottoms is a unique property with floodplain farmland and an upland oak-hickory forest with views of the Nantahala National Forest. The state holds a conservation easement on 37.18 acres of floodplain and riparian areas; 27.17 acres are currently unrestricted. The floodplain area is managed for hay production. The upland area has been the site of forest restoration. LTLT is seeking a conservation buyer that will limit development to one home site and will work in partnership to continue the upland forest restoration efforts.


Cleveland County

Brecht Farm

Brecht Farm

The 38.1-acre property (PIN 61109) lies just north of Shelby near Waco. This tract is unimproved field and forestland on the east side of NC Highway 150 (Cherryville Road) between Fielding Road (S.R. 1918) and Ridge Road (S.R. 1915). The property is fairly flat and contains 27.2 acres of mixed upland pine-hardwood and oak-hickory, and 10.9 acres of agricultural field currently leased to a local farmer. There are small creeks in the forested area. The property will be sold subject to a conservation easement that will limit the number of homes and require undisturbed buffers along the creeks.

Contact: Rusty Painter at Conservation Trust for North Carolina (, 919-828-4199 x16).