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017-0005 Sidna Allen House

Sidna Allen House
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VLR Listing Date 01/15/1974

NRHP Listing Date 07/15/1974

NPS property number 74002112

This capricious, if provincial, expression of the Queen Anne style, was briefly the home of the notorious Sidna Allen. Allen was a member of the so-called Allen Clan that was involved in the gory Hillsville massacre of 1912. Several people, including the judge and court officials, were killed in a barrage of gunfire in the courtroom during the trial of Allen’s brother Floyd. Sidna Allen, although he claimed innocence, was found guilty of participating and sentenced to thirty-five years in prison but was pardoned after serving thirteen years. The house, finished only a year before the shooting, was designed by Allen and his wife. It was built by Preston Dickens, a local carpenter, with Allen assisting. Allen dreamed of owning the finest house in Carroll County. The house was his dream come true until confiscated by the state following his conviction.


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

Updated April 4, 2018