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041-0073 Little Plantation

Little Plantation
Photo credit: Zelma Overby, 1993

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VLR Listing Date 09/21/1976

NRHP Listing Date 05/06/1980

NRHP Reference Number 80004192

In the early 19th century numerous small plantations growing tobacco as the principal cash crop were established in south central Virginia. Each plantation was normally served by an unpretentious frame dwelling house surrounded by a cluster of outbuildings. The design and layout of these complexes was completely utilitarian, the buildings having little or no reference to current architectural fashions. Such modest regional units are exemplified by Halifax County’s Little Plantation, established in 1830 by Daniel Fourqurean and consisting of a compact vernacular dwelling where the only elegance is a marbleized stair. Its original outbuildings include a stone kitchen and a log office. In an effort to restore a picture of the area’s early rural lifestyle, a recent owner added early outbuildings to the Little Plantation property, salvaged from nearby farms, to replace missing ones.

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: December 29, 2021