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No authority over Allen House

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Regarding a Readers’ Hotline comment published May 9, the home and properties of Sidna Allen were confiscated by the State of Virginia in 1912 to hold pending the outcome of three wrongful death lawsuits filed by descendants of the deceased judge, sheriff and commonwealth’s attorney.
It was sold at auction and bought by Mr. Allen’s two defense attorneys as an investment. Since then it has changed hands several times and is currently still privately owned.
As such, the Carroll County Historical Society has no authority to do anything regarding the house, regardless of the fact that it is on the Registry of Historical Landmarks.
Interested readers can learn more about the National Register of Historical Landmarks by going to: www.nps.gov/nr/research.
Board of Directors
Carroll County Historical Society