Rosedale Historic District

Alleghany (County)

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Rosedale Historic District, located west of the Jackson River and just in Alleghany County across the river from the city of Covington, takes its name from Rose Dale, the antebellum plantation seat of Thompson McAllister who built his two-and-a-half-story brick residence with Greek Revival and Italianate stylistic features about 1857. In 1899, Thompson’s son, Abraham Addams McAllister, sold land for a mill site to the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company at the same time that he sold house lots adjoining Rose Dale mansion. Thereafter the Rosedale neighborhood grew to include elaborate turn-of-the-20th-century Queen Anne-style residences, and later more modest homes built from the 1910s through the 1940s in Craftsman, Colonial Revival, and Tudor Revival styles. The 45-acre district includes the Rosedale bridge across the Jackson River, and the bottomland field of the Rose Dale Market Farm.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.

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

Photo credit: Charles Hammond, 1996

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