An old ridgetop property that was originally part of an 18th century Fairfax grant, this land belonged for nearly 60 years to the Zapoleon family, who used it as a weekend and summer retreat. They named it “Eidolon,” after phantom women of Greek mythology who were created by Zeus from mist and light. Eidolon was willed to The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia by Mrs. Marguerite Zapoleon.
TNC took title to it in 2006 and enlisted the Potomac Valley Audubon Society to become the local stewards of the property the same year. It was Mrs. Zapoleon’s vision that this land be preserved as she and her husband, Louis, had always known it: a place for the enjoyment and study of nature, and for quiet contemplation.
The Nature Conservancy, the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, and volunteers, partners and friends from the Morgan County community are committed to fulfilling this vision. We invite visitors from near and far to enjoy the Zapoleons’ legacy.