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May 29, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County Mystery: Naming Allendale

Reports vary as to the naming of Allendale. According to Elizabeth McCraw’s survey for the Virginia Historical Inventory, “Dr. Swoope and his second wife, who was Elizabeth McCraw, were of Scotch descent and the home was named ‘Allandale’ a name familiar in song and story.”

Indeed the popular song, “The Rose of Allendale,” dates to the 1840s and has been attributed to the English, the Scots, and the Irish.

Others have suggested the farm named for a Mr. Allen or for one-time-owner Allen Jones.

Can a Slate River Ramblings reader shed more light on the naming of Allendale?



  (Courtesy Library of Congress)



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