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[photo] Four Square plantation house
Photo by Patty Henry

Four Square plantation is one of southeastern Virginia's best collections of domestic outbuildings and early farm buildings. The two-story, L-shaped, frame plantation house was constructed for the Woodley family in 1807 on land they had owned since the late 17th century. The property subsequently became known as Four Square. The commodious spaces of the dwelling and interior architectural details were typical of prosperous early 19th-century plantation residences in this region. An outstanding collection of dependencies recalls the village atmosphere that existed on plantations throughout the Virginia Tidewater.

[photo] Rotating images of the office, and the smokehouse with nearby slave cabin
Photos by Patty Henry

The domestic outbuildings include a cookhouse, dairy, smokehouse and slave house. The farm buildings of Four Square include an early granary of log construction similar to the log building at Piney Grove. The grounds also include the archeological sites of other farm buildings. Today, the Healey family welcomes bed and breakfast guests to this village-like plantation complex.


Four Square is located on Foursquare Rd. south of Virginia Rte. 10, west of Smithfield. It is open daily for bed and breakfast lodging. There is an admission fee. Please call 757-365-0749 or visit Inn Virginia for further information.

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