Drovers Road Preserve is a new park-like development located thirteen miles from Asheville, North Carolina. This Preserve is the first Conservation Easement Development in Buncombe County. It is a 195 acrea conservation residential development planned to protect and celebrate the property's unique ecological features and historic past. A total of 23 lots ranging from 1.5-10 acreas have been sensitively located within the landscape in order to protect the site's resources whild also providing homesites that offer meadow, woodland or mountain views.More than half of the property is held by an easement by Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. Rare and endangered species have been located, identified and protected. The entrance, picnic areas, and community lands have been carefully planted with native shrubs and flowers providing a mature look to the property without much maintenance.
Persons and organizations associated with the property include: Walter Wray (former owner, 1907-1911); John McBrayer (former owner, 1911-1947); Emma McBrayer (former owner, 1947-2001); Samsel Architects (community amenities, 2001); Equinox Environmental, David Tuck (land planning, 2001-2005); and Equinox Environmental, Kevin Caldwell (field biologist, 2001-2005).
The folder includes a work sheet; site map; ownership chronology; narrative description; brochure; plant inventory; site analysis (2001); and Design Guidelines for landscape and architecture (2004).