CMLC seeks to protect farm, honor former owner
Blue Ridge Now - over 3 years
CEDAR MOUNTAIN — Except for the four years she attended college, Ruth Elaine Jones never left her parents' home and 59-acre farm on Solomon Jones Road until her untimely death in 2011 at the age of 56.
“She could've left and moved anywhere,” said Jones' best friend, Beth Carden, who grew up half a mile up the road. “But she just loved her home and her family.”
In her will, composed from her deathbed, Jones bequeathed her fifth-generation family farm to Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, along with an undisclosed sum of money for upkeep and instructions to keep the property in its current undeveloped state.
“I have no doubt that if Ruth wanted to sell the land and give the money to one of the children's groups she was involved with, she could have done that,” Carden said. “But it was so important to her to protect her land. She just wanted to make sure she could go knowing that it would be taken care of in a way her parents and grandparents would've been proud of.”
To honor J
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