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Button Farm

Chelsea, Orange County, VT
05038
Price: $350,000
Acres: 247
Type: Home & Land
Availability: Under Agreement
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Introduction
Location
Access
Site Description
Timber
House/Buildings

Introduction

A homestead farm property that has been in the Button Family since the 1940s, offering most of the country living amenities that many seek when considering Vermont living.

Highlights include;     

  • ±121 acres of productive crop and pasture land; the balance of the acreage is in forest with some exemplary, mature sugar maple stands;
  • Internal road leading to the property’s center and height of land;
  • Long, scenic valley views;
  • Frontage along the White River with private bridge;
  • Old home in need of repair with large barn and outbuildings.

Location

The farm sits in the center of Chelsea township in central Vermont. This rural area of the state consists of a working landscape of family farms, managed forests and small villages. The region is predominately forested and terrain is mostly rolling hills which rise to hill tops and medium-sized mountains of near 2,000’ in elevation.

The Village of Chelsea is located 1.5 miles to the south and hosts general stores, a bank, eating establishments, a bed-and-breakfast, a yoga studio, a weekly farmers market, and a court house on its green.  Route 110, which bisects the township (and village), is one of Vermont’s scenic roadways and popular biking destination, as it follows the course of the First Branch of the White River, giving way to pastures that rise midway to the valley’s sugar maple hillsides.   

The Connecticut River Valley and the Lyme/Hanover region are a 30-minute drive to the east.  Boston is roughly a 2.5-hour drive to the southeast.

Access

The property has direct frontage along Route 110, a paved state road which runs from Royalton in the south to Barre in the north. Route 110 bisects the eastern end of the land, creating roughly 2,000’ of road frontage. The house and various outbuildings are located on the west side of the road, with the main barn and silo on its east side. The frontage along the road is mostly hayfields and pastureland.

The First Branch of the White River runs along the east side of the road, where a private road leads from Route 110 to a bridge over the river to access the land east of the river.

The majority of the land sits west of the road, where an internal dirt road provides access to the back woodlands and pastures. The road runs 3,000’ into the land, turning along the terrain, streams and hills to a high meadow towards the back of the property.

Electric power and telephone service run along Route 110. Boundaries are a combination of wire fence and old blazes.

Site Description

Like the surrounding landscape, the property has diverse terrain with a mix of gently sloping land, rolling hills and areas of steeper terrain leading to hilltops and streams.  Most of the gently sloping terrain exists as cropland and pastures, covering nearly half of the acreage. These open areas can be seen on the property photo maps and run along both the lowest and highest elevations. Local and long distance views from this open land are scenic, with the best views to the south along the river valley. Soils covering the pasture and cropland are generally well drained and highly productive, offering a solid agricultural resource for future farming operations.  A local farmer currently hays the cropland.

The First Branch of the White River runs through the eastern section of the property, in one spot right behind the barn. Originating 6 miles to the north in Williamstown, the river has a rocky bottom and runs clear most of the year. Rainbow and brown trout are common fish species.

Topography is quite variable with nearly all aspects present. The highest elevation is along the property’s western end, near a secluded meadow at an elevation of 1,560’. All of the terrain slopes to the river, where the elevation is 880’. An intermittent stream bisects the land west of the road.

Timber

The land's ±124 acres of forestland consist primarily of mature maple stands, with some early successional stands (young stands that have naturally reverted to forestland) and a mixed species stand with softwoods located on gently-sloping land south of the intermittent stream.  Also, 4-acres of mature white pine, planted in the 1950s and never cut, is located on a steep slope overlooking the river.

The maple stands are mature, hosting large-diameter stems of veneer quality, and some stands have not been thinned for nearly 45 years. In these areas, there is a solid sugarbush opportunity. 

The diversity offered from the mix of open land, early successional stands, mature woods and river corridor supports a healthy white-tailed deer herd. Turkey and pheasant are also common on the property

House/Buildings

The old farmhouse was built around 1850 and sits along Route 110, opposite the barn. The house will require considerable work if used for a full time residence. Primary repairs seem to be related to its old granite foundation under the main part of the house and floor supports for the kitchen and summer kitchen sections of the house. Other needed repairs seem to be related to inside plaster ceilings and operational systems (electrical, water, heat and septic). The home has 7 rooms: 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, living room and kitchen.

The large barn is set up for ±80 head of cows with individual milking stalls. Above is hay storage with a sawdust room at the back and an old silo along the river. Structurally, the barn appears to be in relatively good shape.

Outbuildings include a maintenance garage and several animal shelters.

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