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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

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

11 Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in September 2016
Historic sites affiliated with milling, mining and other commerce in southwest Virginia and the peanut economy in Suffolk, along with the first public lending-library in Amherst County, and the former headquarters of the Virginia Commission for the Blind are some of the places added recently to the Virginia Landmarks Register by the Department of Historic Resources. r.
See a slideshow of the places.
(See more slideshows here.)

Recent News and Announcements

Virginia Archaeology Month. Every October, Virginia celebrates Virginia archaeology at libraries, museums, historical societies, clubs, and at active archaeological sites. See this Calendar of Events for activities at venues around Virginia. For more information about archaeology month, contact Dee DeRoche.
Notice: Pursuant to Code of Virginia §10.1-2305: The Virginia Department of Historic Resources has received an application for archaeological recovery of human remains that may be located at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Campus at Gloucester Point. Here is the VIMS Public Notice. Please forward written comments to Joanna Wilson Green, by mail to 2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221 or by email to

Pursuant to Code of Virginia §10.1-2305: The Virginia Department of Historic Resources has received an application for archaeological recovery of human remains that may be located at the Central United Methodist Church in Ballston, VA. The application may be viewed here. Please forward written comments to Joanna Wilson Green, by mail to 2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221 or by email to
Upcoming National Preservation Institute (NPI) Seminars:

November Workshops:
(3) Historic Windows: Managing for Preservation, Maintenance, and Energy Conservation, Nov. 1-2, at Mount Vernon: Historic windows are both critical components of a building’s weather envelope and valuable character-defining features worth retaining for architectural and environmental reasons. Learn about the rich history and variety of wood, steel, and aluminum windows and construction methodology. Explore the maintenance and rehabilitation techniques that allow windows to have long and sustainable service lives. Review energy conservation and economic issues as factors facing managers in the restore-or-replace debate and regulations relating to preservation of these assets. Read full agenda.

(4) Historic Bridges: Management, Regulations, and Rehabilitation, Nov. 16-17, in Richmond: Historic bridges represent a significant inventory of America’s engineering heritage. Learn bridge typology and history. Discuss impacts on resources, avoidance of adverse effects, and alternatives and solutions. Explore how a collaborative team approach to rehabilitation projects benefits the regulatory and design process through interactive exercises. Discuss rehabilitation techniques that will meet engineering and historic standards. Review how to successfully navigate the requirements of the NEPA, Section 106, and Section 4(f) processes. Read full agenda.
DHR Has Closed the Petersburg Office: The agency has relocated former “Administration Office” in Petersburg. The office—now a Fiscal Division—is now based at our Richmond headquarters. Please do not send mail or faxes to the Petersburg office. Any mail or other correspondence (email or phone) intended for our Fiscal Division should be routed to Stephanie Williams, DHR Deputy Director, (804) 482-6082, 2801 Kensington Ave., Richmond, VA 23221.
The "Childress Rock Churches": Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Floyd, Carroll, and Patrick counties are six rock churches constructed between 1919 and the early 1950s. The churches are associated with Presbyterian minister Robert "Bob" W. Childress, Sr. and his remarkable ministry. Follow this link for a slideshow tour of the churches, which were listed in 2006 on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
Powhatan in his longhouse at Werowocomoco.
DHR and Virginia Historical Society's co-sponsored panel discussion on Werowocomoco is now available for viewing: In February DHR and the Virginia Historical Society hosted a Banner Lecture about the archaeological site of Werowocomoco, the legendary American Indian village where chief Powhatan, his daughter Pocahontas, and Capt. John Smith first crossed paths when Smith was brought there as a prisoner. However, Werowocomoco emerged at least 400 years before the English settled at Jamestown. To learn more about this internationally significant site, watch this video of the Banner Lecture presentation, now available on the VHS website.

Now Available: Virginia Indians at Werowocomoco (NPS Handbook): An established Native American settlement as early as 1200 CE, Werowocomoco—located in Gloucester County, along the York River—was a secular and sacred seat of power of the Algonquian people in present-day Virginia, whom the English would call the “Powhatan.” The site was rediscovered in 2003. Only about 1 percent of the 58-acre site has been investigated; however, based on archaeological research conducted so far, it appears to be an unprecedented archaeological find for the eastern coastal region of the nation, and its significance to Virginia Indians today and our shared history is without parallel. Generously illustrated and informed by recent scholarship, this latest addition to the National Park Service Handbook series is an engaging and concise history of the site, its rediscovery, and what recent archaeology tells us about Werowocomoco. Order the book from the University of Virginia Press or online retailers such as Amazon. Priced at $12.95, consisting of 148 pages with more than 100 color images, photographs, and maps, this book is intended for a general reader interested in Native American and Virginia history.

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