Circa 18801545 Allisonia Road
Allisonia, Virginia, 24347
Style | OtherPorches
Property type | Single-Family Home
Date listed | August 18, 2014
Status | Sold
- 1802 sq ft
- 2 beds
- 2 baths
This adorable 1880’s Cottage was built by the town doctor and served as his residence and surgery until sometime after 1910 when it became a general store. In 1880 there were over 300 residents in a lively town boasting 2 hotels, a lumber yard, two churches, two large mercantile stores, and houses that stretched for a half a mile in each direction along the railroad tracks. The shelves, counters and other features of the general store remain in the daylight basement. Original features include native American Chestnut Floors and exposed beams and stone foundation, which is visible in the second bathroom.
By 1990 the house had fallen into near collapse and was purchased and lovingly restored over a five year period by a doctor from Winston-Salem, who intended to retire there. He spared no expense in this restoration. Along with a craftsman they created all of the beautiful wood work in the house which includes arched doorways, crown molding and chair rail. He recreated the curved wrap around porch which is such a distinct feature of the house.
When family matters required his return to Winston-Salem, we purchased this gem from him. We have loved the house year round as a retreat for 12 years. We often sleep with open windows to capture the cool night air and listen to the rapids on the river. On chilly days, there is a Vermont Castings Wood Stove that quickly cozies the house.
The gardens have evolved over the last 12 years and include many native and rescued plants from long ago gardens in the area such as boxwood, peony, heirloom jonquils, and lilly varieties. Stone steps and borders were sourced locally. Many varities of birds, butterflies and bees are compliments to the flower border and the fish and frogs who call the former cystern n(ow pond) home help make this an enchanted place. The added bonus of The New River State Park at our front door and Claytor Lake at one end of the village and Wild and Scenic New River at the other end allow opportunities for boating, kayaking, swimming, fishing, biking, and hiking. The New River trail was the first Rails to Trails project and is the longest contiguous state park in Virginia running 65 miles from Galax to Pulaski, Virginia. Bikers from all over the world travel to ride this beautiful trail with its striking topography and rich history. Horses are a common sight on the trail, as well.
We, along with our kids and dogs have loved this place for 12 years, but it is time for a new chapter and someone else to love it as we have.