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SUNNY SIDE Spotsylvania,
"The Property is an iconic 19th
century Virginia Farmstead, consisting of open rolling fields, a house
built in the 1800's with the typical period farmstead of classic barn
and silo and agricultural buildings, and a pond.....
The Property is an excellent
example of a surviving residential complex that demonstrates the ordeal
the original of Spotsylvania's Civil War wartime population and was a
destination for many prominent Confederate officers during 1862 and
The Property is mention in
contemporary accounts of the Civil War and has been identified by
representatives of the National Park Service as an important symbol of
Spotsylvania County's cultural heritage and historic past, including the
experiences of Spotsylvania County's civilian population during the
The Property possesses significant
historic, scenic, and open-space values, the preservation of which will
benefit the citizens of the Commonwealth, which include, but are not
limited to those described above.....
Above, from the Conservation Easement to the Virginia Outdoors
for a copy of the news article on Sunny Side by Richard Amrhine, August 31,
2012, as found in the FREE LANCE STAR newspaper, the finest regional
daily in Virginia.
Possibly other uses
A possibility, subject to approvals from Virginia Outdoors
Foundation (VOF) for the use of the interior
of the barn for other uses such as an office for a doctor or chiropractor,
PROVIDED, the exterior remains the same and there is no enlargement of the
barn. NOTE: must deal with Spotsylvania County zoning regulations; a
rezoning or special use permit might be necessary.
Please click HERE
for a copy of the letter from VOF setting forth guidance on this issue.
A local Landmark
Main house circa 1817, well cared for;
Extensive curtilage and landscaping;
35 acres, mostly open
Protected by conservation easement
Low real estate taxes
|Sunny Side Farm
|Sunny Side Farm
Spotsylvania County, Virginia
Outstanding oasis of open
space, close-in; 35 acre estate
featuring gently rolling to level grasslands, pond, barn and antebellum
house. Protected by a conservation easement to the Virginia
Outdoors Foundation. Priced at $1,200,000
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View from front door
"Inducted in 1979, Sidney L. Shannon opened
the Shannon Airport in 1960. He was largely responsible for the growth
of aviation in the Fredericksburg area, which in turn led to local
business growth. In 1976 he opened the Shannon Air Museum, which housed
his collection of antique and historic aircraft. His collection was
donated to the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society and is on
display at the Virginia Aviation Museum."
Hall of Fame
Members: Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society
Sidney Shannon was a pioneer in developing
aviation for the Fredericksburg region. Click
HERE for an article from the Free
Lance Star about Shannon Airport in the 1950's. Before Central Park
in the City of Fredericksburg, there was the Sheraton hotel, restaurant and golf
course, which Mr. Shannon built soon after the arrival of Interstate 95.
It was the premier place to go for many decades, until stores replaced the golf
Mrs. Arvel Shannon began her life at Sunny Side in 1979.
Mrs. Shannon was a philanthropist and of the many gifts
she gave to
the people of Spotsylvania and the surrounding area was a conservation easement
on the farm she loved.
|Why the Conservation Easement?
Mrs. Arvel P. Shannon wanted the farm kept open space
as a visible reminder of what the countryside looked like when
Spotsylvania County was truly rural. She respected the history of
the farm and wanted future generations to see what confederate and union
soldiers saw as they marched to battle.
A history of the farm: click:
A copy of the Conservation Easement:
The barn and silo are classics
Outside of the barn must be preserved as it
is, according to the conservation easement.
An interesting question for
the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, the easement holder, is if the interior of the
barn can be changed to allow for adaptive reuse.
Above, the barn features a huge loft area;
Below, the silo is presents unique views.
Above, Spotsylvania County Tax Map of Sunnyside; 34.47 acres, Tax Map
35-A-150, is outlined in blue and is an approximation.
The main house, barns, outbuildings and rest of the grounds are not subject
to a life estate and can be enjoyed by the Purchaser.
The 37 acres includes the two acres at the corner of Courthouse and Leavells
Roads (Tax Map 35-A-150C); which is subject to a life estate; shown
Below, is a bridge to the small island in the pond.
What can I do with the
The Trustee for the Estate and the Agent
representing the Estate cannot speak for Virginia Outdoors Foundation or
Spotsylvania County. Therefore, it is necessary for the purchaser to make
1) First, terms and conditions as found in the
Conservation Easement control. Interpretations and application of the
easement terms are from the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF). Read
the easement, as found above, and then call VOF if you have any questions.
Executive Office at (540) 347-7727
Easement Description: Arvel P. Shannon
(Grantor); May 13, 2006; Spotsylvania County, Virginia
Easement Address: 10524 Courthouse Road,
Fredericksburg, VA 22407 (Spotsylvania County)
2) Spotsylvania County Zoning: The property is
zoned R-1, residential.
Troy Tignor is Spotsylvania County Zoning
Administrator and can answer your questions about Zoning: Phone #
Chuck Floyd is a Planner and can answer questions
about future land use, rezoning, and/or special use permits: Phone
R-1 Zoning: (source:
MUNICODE, August 2012)
23-6.6.1. - Purpose and intent.
The purpose of the residential 1 (R-1)
district is to provide for low-density, single-family detached
residential uses in a suburban setting.
(Ord. No. 23-66, 10-24-95; Ord. No. 23-99, 2-12-02; Ord. No. 23-106,
23-6.6.2. - Permitted uses.
The following uses may be established as
permitted uses in the residential 1 (R-1) district:
(1) Accessory uses, subject to the requirements of
article 5, division 2 of this chapter;
(2) Dwelling, single-family, detached;
(3) Home occupations;
(4) Public uses;
(5) Quasi-public parks, playgrounds, athletic fields
and related facilities;
(6) Expansion of a place of worship, but not expansion
of the seating capacity in the sanctuary of such place of worship;
(7) Place of worship in a public or private school or a
(8) Expansion of a public school in conformance with
the Comprehensive Plan.
(Ord. No. 23-66,
10-24-95; Ord. No. 23-114, 8-9-05)
23-6.6.3. - Special uses.
The following uses may be established as
special uses in the residential 1 (R-1) district, subject to approval by
the board of supervisors in accordance with article 4, division 5 of
(1) Assisted living facility;
(2) Bed and breakfast;
(4) Child care centers;
(5) Civic, social or fraternal facilities;
(6) Golf courses, country clubs and clubhouses;
(7) Home enterprises as identified in section
(8) Keeping of horses on parcels of five (5) acres or
more with a maximum density of one (1) horse for each one and one-half
(1.5) acre of lot area;
(9) Places of worship;
(10) Private schools;
(11) Public schools;
(12) Public utility light;
(13) Telecommunications tower.
(14) Wetland mitigation bank.
(Ord. No. 23-66,
10-24-95; Ord. No. 23-73, 8-12-97; Ord. No. 23-78, 2-9-99; Ord. No.
23-79, 4-13-99; Ord. No. 23-97, 10-23-01; Ord. No. 23-101, 6-25-02; Ord.
No. 23-114, 8-9-05)
23-6.6.4. - Development standards.
All uses and structures in the residential 1
(R-1) district shall meet the following development standards, except as
this chapter may specifically provide otherwise:
(i) With public water and sewer: One (1) dwelling
unit per two (2) gross acres and one dwelling unit per one and a half
(1.5) gross acres in cluster subdivisions.
(ii) Without public water or sewer: One (1)
dwelling unit per two (2) gross acres.
(2) Non-residential: Floor area ratio of 0.2.
(i) Floor area ratio limitation may be exceeded
by means of a special use permit issued by the board of supervisors.
(b) Minimum lot area:
(i) Single-family detached dwellings with public
water and sewer: Two (2) acres.
(ii) Single-family detached dwellings
without public water or sewer: Two (2) acres.
(iii) Single-family detached dwellings in cluster
subdivisions: Twenty thousand (20,000) square feet.
(i) Cemeteries: One (1) acre.
(ii) Places of worship: Two (2) acres.
(iii) Private schools: Five (5) acres.
(iv) All other uses: Two (2) acres.
(c) Minimum lot width:
(1) Conventional subdivision: One hundred (100)
(2) Cluster subdivision: Eighty (80) feet.
(d) Minimum public road frontage:
(1) Conventional subdivision: One hundred
(100) feet, fifty (50) feet on a cul-de-sac.
(2) Cluster subdivision: Eighty (80) feet,
fifty (50) feet on a cul-de-sac.
(e) Minimum yards:
(1) Conventional subdivision lot:
(i) Front yard: Thirty (30) feet.
(ii) Side yard: Ten (10) feet.
(iii) Rear yard: Thirty-five (35) feet.
(2) Cluster subdivision lot:
(i) Front yard: Twenty-five (25) feet.
(ii) Side yard: Eight (8) feet, but a total
minimum of twenty (20) feet.
(iii) Rear yard: Twenty-five (25) feet.
(f) Maximum height: Thirty-five (35)
(g) Open space:
(1) Conventional subdivision: No requirement.
(2) Cluster subdivision: Forty (40)
(h) General development standards:
Refer to article 5.
(i) Landscaping and screening: Refer to
article 5, division 5.
(j) Off-street parking: Refer to article
5, division 9.
(k) Signs: Refer to article 5,
(l) Curb, gutter and sidewalks:
Refer to article 5 of the Design Standards Manual.
(Ord. No. 23-66, 10-24-95; Ord. No. 23-80, 4-27-99; Ord. No. 23-90,
2-27-01; Ord. No. 23-99, 2-12-02; Ord. No. 23-104, 3-11-03; Ord. No.
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