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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
10 Historic Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in December

Two summer youth camps in Bath County, one of which is the oldest known and still-operating camp in Virginia; a cemetery established by an emerging community of formerly enslaved African Americans in Harrisonburg; and a rare-surviving railroad depot in Tazewell County are among the 10 new listings added to the VLR by DHR in December 2014.

Here's a slideshow of the places.

(See more slideshows here.)

Recent News and Announcements

2015-2016 CLG Grant Applications Now Available: DHR is now accepting applications from Certified Local Governments (CLGs) for CLG grant-funded projects. This year's CLG funds total $89,541, to be dispersed competitively among Virginia's 33 CLG communities. Please note, Aubrey Von Lindern in our Northern Region Preservation Office (located in Stephens City) is our new CLG cooridnator. Please visit our CLG Webpage for the grant application and other information. The deadline for the applications is 4 p.m., May 15, 2015.  
Threatened Sites, Request for Proposals: DHR is now accepting Threatened Sites proposals for the 2015-2016 fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015. The overall goal of the program is to fund archaeological resources which are under threat of destruction and which have no legal protection. Funds are used primarily for site survey, evaluation, and excavation but also artifact analysis, background research, and report writing (see DHR's 2013 Archaeological Month Poster for types of projects funded). Proposals can be submitted by any interested party. The program is guided by a committee made up of archaeologists from DHR, ASV, and COVA. Read this PDF for information about this year's funding and grant specifics. Here is the RFP form. Submit proposals by April 15, 2015. For further information, please contact: Michael B. Barber, State Archaeologist (540-387-5398). Threatened Sites Webpage.
Public Meeting on Rehabilitation Tax Credit Regulations, March 31:  DHR will host a public meeting on March 31 to outline the proposed revisions to the regulations for the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program, 17 VAC 10-30, and solicit public comment. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. at DHR’s Richmond Headquarters, located at 2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221. See this agenda.
Cost Share Survey and Planning: DHR is pleased to announce the availability of funds for the 2015 annual Cost Share Survey and Planning program. Localities and planning district commissions who are interested in partnering with DHR to conduct local and regional cultural resources survey and planning activities, please see this Request for Applications. The deadline for submitting applications is April 24, 2015. Please contact your local regional office or Carey L. Jones, Survey Coordinator, for more information regarding the Cost Share Survey and Planning Program.
DHR has re-organized its regional offices, closing the former Tidewater field office and folding that region into a new Eastern Region Preservation Office. This change has also entailed re-defining the boundaries of our two other remaining field offices, the Northern Region Preservation Office (based in Stephens City) and the Western Region Preservation Office (at Roanoke College, Salem). The map shows the recently reconfigured regions and the field office that serves your locality.  
Public Notice: DHR has two current requests for removal of human remains from burials:  (1) Prince William County proposes to exhume and relocate human burials from the Norman Cemetery, located at the Coles Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station (13712 Dumfries Road, Manassas, Virginia, 20112). A copy of the burial permit application form is available here.
(2) Stafford County: HHHunt Properties plans to relocate an historic cemetery located within the proposed Abberly at South Campus development. For more information about this proposal, see this public notice or application. If you have questions, comments or concerns with either proposal, please contact Joanna Wilson Green (804-482-6098), Archaeologist, Preservation Incentives Division.

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