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Old 08-10-2019, 10:34 AM
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Wondering what some of you fellow Mainers would have to say about pros and cons here. I am considering a move to Highland County, VA. But there are a lot of factors.
For starts I live in Maine and have a decent BO that I live at year round. I own a company here and make enough money to prep hard. Moving would be hard in the sense that I would be taking a major pay grade hit.
I know Maine has lots of water, rural land with woods, farms, rivers, ponds, lakes, hunting ect. But winters do suck here! If it weren't for the sun set in winter being 3.30pm Id get over it. So my #1 reason for even considering a move from here since I am established is winter.
The area I'm considering moving is a dark sky area and very rural. For those of you map lover relocation peps look up Highland county, VA. It is only accessed by going 1+ hrs up a mountain road. The secret service have plans to shut the roads down there in SHTF lol. There are only 2000 ppl in the county and twice that in cattle and twice that in sheep. There are 3 river valley's and many many many springs and houses gravity fed by springs. When I was there last I counted 200+ deer in a total of 12 hours between 2pm and 4.30pm. The summers are cool due to high elevation and winters are much more mild than Maine due to southern latitude. The people are GREAT. Got invited to dinner by 3 families I didn't know! It is truly a mountain farm community. If DC was nuked it wouldn't be ideal per say but nuke wind is suppose to flow west to east. When looking at a map it does seem TOO close to DC but I drove the roads that you would fear the masses takin there and they just aren't coming. Biggest down fall for me would be the fact that I have the ambility to prep HARD here with my income and wouldn't there, but the VA location seems light years better.
Would love imput from those of you from Maine and those of you from VA and perhaps if you are a very savvy relocation person. Rather not have random pop ins on other pespectives of places as I don't really have interest.
This has honestly been a hard mental struggle. Either way I'm here for next 2 years.
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Old 08-10-2019, 10:48 AM
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Virginia politics are dominated by the Northern VA, Richmond and Tidewater leftist progressive anti-gun Democraps over the last ten years, which is why I moved out. You might want to consider nearby West Virginia counties within the National Radio Quiet Zone. Pocahontas County has only 9.7 persons per square mile.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United...nside_the_NRQZ

http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/oehp/atlas/popsqmi.pdf
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Old 08-10-2019, 12:41 PM
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Staying in Maine is not a bad option.

If you decide to move (big pita, trust me) I suggest moving further away from New York and Washington DC. I suggest either south of the Masson Dixion line, or west of the Mississiooi River.

The south, or the Ozark and Ouachita mtns.
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West Virginia in the area south of US Rt. 50, west of US 220, east of I79, and north of I64 is very much worth looking at.

I rather like it.
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Old 08-16-2019, 06:14 PM
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Old 11-24-2019, 05:52 PM
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I might be a little late, but am intimately familiar with that part of the Vally, with family in Verona, Grottoes, Staunton (pronounced Stantin) and Fishersville. It's a lot like parts of Maine. In fact, I love that part of the country, and would settle there without question. Beautiful place to raise a family, and winters are a lot shorter. Just be proud of your Yankee heritage, and let em know we won. You are going to be in Stonewall Jackson Territory. The locals will respect you more.

Like I said I have been going to Augusta County for decades, it's light years away from DC in terms of culture, Staunton reminds me of Portland before gentrification, and like I said, the winters are splendid. Ask anything you like, I'll do my best to answer.
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Old 11-25-2019, 08:39 AM
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Hey Uncle Bill!
Yeah, its very beautiful there. Almost feels like what I imagine it to be like if i were to step back into the 50's with the way in which people and i mean almost everybody is friendly.
I am personally a little concerned with the recent VA gun rhetoric coming out of NOVA.
I may swing a county over in either direction in order to be in WV. Almost un-noticable the difference in all things and taxes are way less. My biggest problem at the moment is we can not seem to find a property that fits. Just not that much for sale.
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Hell I am in VA thinking about moving to rural Maine.

I would stay personally if I were you OP. VA politics is going to ruin the state in short order, higher taxes on everything, the bigger metro areas/cities effectively control the state. I am sure you have seen the anti gun stuff coming out of Richmond on the news.

If you move I would choose a state other than VA that freedom loving people are in and shore it up.

Just my opinion.
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Old 02-03-2020, 04:44 AM
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Oh yeah i've seen what's happening. I'm hoping half the counties will secede and join WV.
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