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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 house was restored by the mid-1990s after standing unoccupied for many years and is still owned by the Massie family today.
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark
Updated: July 22, 2021