East Raleigh farm, valued at $3.7 million, donated to city for nature preserve

Bob Kellam and Susan Wyatt’s 58-acre farm in East Raleigh is surrounded by subdivisions, a mobile home park and a Food Lion shopping center.

But those suburban neighbors are barely noticeable from the bucolic property that’s been in Kellam’s family for generations. Two ponds draw a host of waterfowl, while dense woods and an active farm field are magnets for other wildlife. A rooster’s crow drowns out the hum of traffic from New Bern Avenue and U.S. 264.

The prime land between downtown Raleigh and Knightdale has long been eyed by developers; its real estate value has skyrocketed to $3.7 million as the city has grown. But Kellam and Wyatt are determined to keep the land untouched for generations to come.

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