Ivy Creek Foundation/Hugh Carr Farm

The Ivy Creek Foundation maintains 6 miles of trails at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. Ivy Creek is the home place of Hugh Carr (1843-1914), who in the years following the Civil War created a 200-acre family farm know as Riverview Farm. At the end of the Civil War, the 22-year old Carr began work as a farm manager while building a farm of his own near the mill village of Hydraulic, a thriving black community (much of which now lies under the Rivanna Reservoir.) By 1889 he had amassed over 200 acres of prime farmland and married his second wife, Texie Mae Hawkins (1865-1899). Many of the original Carr family farm structures are still on the 200-acres farm, including the barn (which functions today as an educational center), family cemetery, the original farm house, the spring that was the water source for the farm, stone walls and fences, remnant orchard trees, and many farm roads. There are several 200+ year old oak trees that stand as a testament to the land's past.