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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 1863....
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 Civil War....
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
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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.
Land use issues involve both Spotsylvania County and the Virginia
Outdoors Foundation; check with both.
Please click HERE
for a copy of the letter from VOF
A local Landmark
Main house circa 1817, well
Extensive curtilage and
35 acres, mostly open
Protected by conservation
Low real estate taxes
|Sunny Side Farm
||Sunny Side Farm
oasis of open space, close-in; 37 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 $750,000
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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 course.
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: HERE
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 property?
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 inquiries.
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
Troy Tignor is Spotsylvania County Zoning Administrator
and can answer your questions about Zoning: Phone # 540.507.7222.
Chuck Floyd is a Planner and can answer questions about
future land use, rezoning, and/or special use permits: Phone #
************ Please check with Spotsylvania County
for updates to the Ordinances; other regulations may apply; Purchaser to make
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
(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
(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 this
(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 23-5.4A.3;
(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.
23-6.6.4. - 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) percent.
(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,
(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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540.226.4486 (c) Licensed in Virginia
Weichert Realtors 1955 Jefferson
Davis Hwy, Suite 201; Fredericksburg, VA 22401