The concept behind Leopold's Preserve originated from the sale and subsequent purchase of the South Market property - a 550 acre tract of land quietly nestled in the Rural Crescent of Prince William county, but planned and approved for industrial and commercial uses. By carving out just a slight portion of the land for a clustered residential community (Villages of Piedmont at Leopold's Preserve), Scott Plein was able to protect in perpetuity the balance of the land, which is enjoyed by hundreds of visitors each week. It is an award-winning model for preservation-oriented land planning and exemplifies White House Farm Foundation's commitment to the environment and ecological systems, particularly as it pertains to finding a balance between human habitat needs and preserving our natural habitats.
The land that makes up Leopold’s Preserve has a rich history, spanning from the prehistoric period up to modern day. Archeologic and historic research have revealed unique information about the people who traversed, settled, lived and died here. To read the full history of Leopold’s Preserve and the surrounding area, click here.