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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

090-0009 Four Mile Tree

Four Mile Tree
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 10/06/1970

NRHP Listing Date 12/18/1970

NPS property number 70000826

Named for a tree marking its distance by water from Jamestown, this plantation has been an established unit since the early 17th century. It was first settled by the Browne family, who occupied it for over a century and a half. The present house, dating from the mid-18th century, shows the application of formal Georgian planning and detailing to a building with a more unassuming native quality. The visual character of the exterior is defined by its jerkinhead gambrel roof pierced by five dormers on each front. The house was remodeled in the 19th century when its brick walls were stuccoed, its sashes replaced, and the portico added. Much of the early paneled woodwork and a Georgian stair were left untouched. A family graveyard contains Virginia’s oldest legible tombstone, dated 1650.


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

Updated April 4, 2018