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The Virginia Department of Historic Resources
is the State Historic Preservation Office.
Our mission is to foster, encourage, and support the stewardship of
Virginia's significant historic architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources.

Historic Virginia
Eight Historic Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in March 2015

The farm where legendary racehorse Secretariat was born, a post-Civil War African American community in the northern Shenandoah Valley, two buildings exemplifying Modernist architecture, and the oldest known commercial swimming pool in the Commonwealth are among the historical sites added to the VLR in March 2015.

Here's a slideshow of the places.

(See more slideshows here.)

Recent News and Announcements

Today’s Treasure – Tomorrow’s Trust: Virginia's Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan, 2016-2021 (A Working Draft for Public Review and Comment):  DHR seeks public comment on a draft statewide comprehensive preservation plan for the 6-year planning cycle 2016-2021.
   We have posted a review draft (neither a finished nor designed final document). All the same, at this stage in its progress, your input on the content and direction of the plan is very important to us.
   Mandated by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as amended, the comprehensive plan provides an overview of historic preservation in Virginia. It creates a framework within which all preservation stakeholders can contribute to the identification, preservation, and active use of historic places in communities around the Commonwealth.
   The plan, as presented in the posted working draft, draws heavily on public participation conducted in 2014 and dovetails with other statewide plans, particularly the Virginia Outdoors Plan and the Virginia Tourism Plan. It is intended for use by state and federal agencies (beyond DHR), local governments and review boards, planning departments, local and regional organizations with an interest in historic places, museums and historic attractions, educators and institutions of higher learning, and both public and private owners of historic places.
Battlefield Preservation Grants! Now Available: DHR is pleased to announce the availability of grants through the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund (previously known as the Civil War Sites Preservation Fund) for the preservation of Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War battlefields in Virginia either through fee simple land purchases or protective easement purchases. Battlefield preservation organizations that qualify are urged to apply. Applications are due August 7, 2015. Please contact David Edwards in our Stephens City office (540-868-7030) with any questions about the grant application form, grant criteria (grants manual), and easement application form. Please help DHR spread the word about these grants and share this announcement with any other preservation organizations that may be eligible for such funds.  
2015 Report on the Stewardship of State-Owned Property: The General Assembly requires DHR to develop two biennial reports, with the option that they might be combined, on the stewardship of state-owned properties by various state agencies and institutions. The two reports consist of priority lists of (1) the Commonwealth’s most historically significant state-owned properties that are eligible for, but not designated on, the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR), and (2) of significant state-owned properties, designated on or eligible for the VLR, which are threatened with the loss of historic integrity or functionality. The document also includes a biennial status report summarizing actions, decisions, and the condition of properties previously identified as priorities. DHR has completed this year’s biennial report, now available. For more information about stewardship of state-owned properties, visit this dedicated webpage.

 Now online: Revised Permit Application for Archaeological Excavation of Human Remains:  DHR’s application for a permit to allow archaeological excavation of human remains is now revised. If you work or excavate on private or public property in Virginia and encounter graves or human remains, please contact your local sheriff’s department immediately. Should you wish to pursue a permit to allow archaeological excavation of human remains, please contact us with questions or to begin the application process (Joanna Wilson Green, 804-482-6098). The Code of Virginia (§ 10.1-2305) requires a permit from the Department of Historic Resources for any archaeological work conducted on human graves, marked or unmarked. Additional information about laws pertaining to human burials may be found on our website here. Info about the burial permit process is available here.

Post-Natural Disaster Advisory:  See this webpage.

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2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond,  VA 23221
Phone:  (804) 482-6446 or 804) 367-2323