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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

003-0011 Massie House

Massie House
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VLR Listing Date 12/16/1980

NRHP Listing Date 07/08/1982

NRHP Reference Number 82004669

In Falling Spring Valley, with a backdrop of wooded mountains, the Massie House is Alleghany County’s chief example of the Federal style and is probably the area’s oldest formal dwelling. The two-story house with pedimented gables was completed in 1826 for Henry Massie, a planter who served as one of Alleghany’s first magistrates. The decorative fanlight entrance incorporates Massie’s initials in its tracery. Its interior woodwork consists of a finely-executed stair, cupboards, mantels, and wainscoting. The property was still owned by the Massie family, and the house had been restored by the mid-1990’s, after standing unoccupied for many years.  By 2020 the house was no longer extant.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated March 26, 2020