§55-4-1. When ejectment a proper remedy.
The action of ejectment is retained and may be brought as
heretofore, subject to the provisions hereinafter contained. It
may also be brought in the same cases in which a writ of right
might have been brought prior to the first day of July, in the year
eighteen hundred and fifty, in the state of Virginia, and by any
person claiming real estate in fee or for life, or for years,
either as heir, devisee, purchaser, or otherwise.