Sidna Allen House

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Sidna Allen House
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Sidna Allen House, September 2012
Sidna Allen House is located in Virginia
Sidna Allen House
Sidna Allen House is located in the US
Sidna Allen House
LocationN of Fancy Gap on U.S. 52, near Fancy Gap, Virginia
Coordinates36°41′39″N 80°41′39″W / 36.69417°N 80.69417°W / 36.69417; -80.69417Coordinates: 36°41′39″N 80°41′39″W / 36.69417°N 80.69417°W / 36.69417; -80.69417
Area23 acres (9.3 ha)
ArchitectAllen, J. Sidna; Dickens, Preston
Architectural styleQueen Anne
NRHP reference #74002112[1]
VLR #017-0005
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 15, 1974
Designated VLRJanuary 15, 1974[2]

The Sidna Allen House is a historic house located near the town of Fancy Gap, in Carroll County, Virginia. The house was built in 1911 for Sidna Allen, brother of Floyd Allen; however, he was arrested soon thereafter for complicity in the courthouse shooting of which his brother was accused, and never again lived there.[3]

On January 27, 1901, when Sidna Allen was 35 years old he got married to Bettie Mitchell. After Sidna and Bettie married, they decided to build a house. According to the book "The Courthouse Tragedy," the whole house was made of the best wood around, and there were 8 rooms in the house. In the book it says, "The floors were of oak, except the floor of our living room, which was white maple." The walls in the house were all plastered. It also says, "In the dining room we used quarter-sawed oak, finished in natural color wainscoting." The roof of the house was made of slate, which back then, all this wood and other materials were very expensive. They had a windmill at the house, and an acetylene generator which is what provided them the lights. The house back in 1911 was worth $13,000.00 and was said to be the most beautiful house in Southwest Virginia. But a year later the Hillsville courthouse tragedy occurred and Sidna and his wife had only lived there a year.[4]

The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

The house is owned by the Carroll County Historical Society and is currently closed for restoration, donated by the Widener family, Bonnie Wood and Stanley Widener


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  3. ^ Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission Staff (December 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Sidna Allen House" (PDF). and Accompanying photo
  4. ^ Edwards, Christian (1962). The Courthouse Tragedy. Mount Airy, Nc: Rufus L. Gardner. p. 140.

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