The Fancy Gap area has many noteworthy attractions.

See Mabry Mill, Devil's Den, The Fancy Gap Pickin' porch and numerous Blueridge Parkway vistas

Bluemont Presbyterian Rock Church

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Plateau of Southwestern Virginia in south central Carroll County, Bluemont Presbyterian Church is one of six rock churches built by Rev. Bob Childress. Subject of the book, The Man Who Moved a Mountain by Richard C. Davids (1970).

Largest of the six rock churches. The forerunner to the present church was opened in 1920 as a wooden structure. Church was encased by native stone in 1945-1946. Bluemont derives name from the abbreviation of the word Blue Mountain, for the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visitors who wish to view the property are encouraged to do so, but tours are not available. The six churches are a popular regional attraction. Church can be viewed from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Services are conducted every Sunday of the year and visitors are welcome. Service 10:30 a.m./ Sunday School 10 a.m.

Peaceful Heart Alpacas

Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 204, Peaceful Heart Alpacas is open to visitors daily April-December, and on weekends or by appointment during the winter.  We invite people to meet our gentle alpacas and visit our store to see the wonderfully soft clothing and yarn made from their fiber.  We also have a large selection of Fair Trade Certified alpaca clothing and household items, a full yarn and fiber shop and a selection of art made by local artists.

Peaceful Heart Alpacas is run by three generations of the Willis family, and home to over 30 alpacas.  We offer a wide selection of weaving, knitting, crochet, spinning, and other fiber art classes throughout the year.  Contact us for more information or to be added to our mailing list.  We hope to see you at the farm!

Peaceful Heart Alpacas
Blue Ridge Parkway, Milepost 204
1563 Misty Trail<
Fancy Gap, VA 24328
276-728-4950
www.peacefulheartalpacas.com

Blueridge Parkway

Experiencing “America’s Favorite Drive”  Map

A drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway is slow paced and relaxing. Almost any overlook or trail will reveal much of the natural and cultural history here. Explore the many communities along the route that make our region so special. Enjoy the view, but watch the road!

Did You Know?
The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most visited unit of America's National Park System, consistently attracting about twenty million visitors each year.

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Sidna Allen Home

Sidna Allen homeThis capricious, if provincial, expression of the Queen Anne style was briefly the home of the notorious Sidna Allen. Allen was member of the so-called Allen Gang involved in the Carroll County Courthouse shooting in 1912. The house, finished the year before the shooting, was designed by Allen and his wife. It was built by Preston Dickens, a local carpenter, with Allen assisting. Allen dreamed of the finest house in Carroll County, and the house was his dream come true until confiscated by the state after his conviction for the courthouse incident. The property is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The home is owned by Bert and Marlene Widener, who offer tours by appointment.

Devil's Den Nature Preserve

devilsdenThe Devil's Den Nature Preserve is a unique 250 acre tract containing an abundance of cultural and natural resources. The preserve is situated on the eastern edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment overlooking the North Carolina Piedmont.

Several trails cross the property, including one that follows the former road bed of the Good Spur Road - a historic route in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Robert S. Harris Farmstead, a 1880s dwelling, is undergoing renovation as a future site exhibit. Rocks, some 40-50 ft in height, mark the entrance to the Devil's Den - a spectacular geological feature can be visited. The cave had a role in local history in association with the 1912 Carroll County Courthouse Shooting and was a major tourist attraction in the 1920s. The Devil's Den Nature Preserve is open from Dawn to Dusk, May 1 to October 31.

Mabry Mill

Mabry MillMabry Mill is a watermill located at milepost 176.2 of Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd County, Virginia. It is a tourist attraction mainly for the picturesque views of the mill itself. A short trail around the mill connects historical exhibits about life in rural Virginia. The trail allows visitors to view the gristmill, sawmill, and blacksmith shop.

Mabry Mill became operational in 1905 and served as a gristmill until the mid-1930's. E.B. Mabry operated the mill from 1910 until 1935.

During peak seasons, demonstrations of crafts are given by National Park Service volunteers at Mabry Mill.

Mabry Mill demonstration video