The Virginia Department of Historic Resources
is the State Historic
Our mission is to foster, encourage, and support the stewardship of
Virginia's significant historic architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources.
Nine Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in
A 10,000-acre rural district in Warren County rooted in colonial history, an
estate in Nelson County associated with an international medical pioneer, a 1960s-era hospital
in Smyth County noted for its then-innovative design, and a former plantation in Loudoun
County affiliated with a Depression-era cut-flower enterprise are among the sites added
to the VLR by DHR in September.
slideshow of the places.
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Recent News and Announcements
Sandy Grant Awards Announced:
DHR awarded funding for nine projects to survey historic
architectural or archaeological resources in seven counties and
three towns in the Tidewater and Eastern Shore that were
impacted by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The funds derive from a $1.5 million Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Assistance Grant for Historic Properties that the National Park Service awarded in 2014 to the Commonwealth of Virginia by way of
DHR. The grant allows DHR and jurisdictions to fund projects that support disaster planning by increasing knowledge about storm-related damages to known historic properties, districts, and archeological sites, and further plans to make them better able to rebound from adverse impacts arising from future storms and sea surges or events related to climate change.
press release for information about the localities
receiving the grants and the projects funded.
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.
Six New Historical Markers Approved:
Markers cover topics in the counties of Accomack, Bath, and Sussex,
and the cities of Harrisonburg and Lynchburg (2). Among the new highway markers
recently approved by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources are ones highlighting
African-American history in Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, and Sussex County, as well as a sign to
commemorate a girls’ summer camp in Bath County, and another to honor a Civil Air Patrol base in
Accomack County that briefly contributed to shoreline defenses during World War II.
press release that includes texts of markers.
Nine Historic Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR): Listings cover sites
in the counties of Loudoun, Nelson, Page, Smyth (Town of Marion), and Warren; and the cities of
Bristol, Fredericksburg, Richmond, and Waynesboro: A 10,000-acre rural historic district in
Warren County rooted in colonial history, an estate in Nelson County associated with an international
medical pioneer, a 1960s-era hospital in Smyth County noted for its then-innovative design,
and a former plantation in Loudoun County affiliated with a Depression-era cut-flower enterprise
are among the nine sites added to the Virginia Landmarks Register by Virginia’s Department of Historic Resources.
Classic Commonwealth: Virginia Architecture from the Colonial
Era to 1940
: DHR is pleased to present
this new online publication designed to aid professionals, students, and
readers of all walks in identifying and documenting the numerous types and styles of historic buildings in the
The guide opens with an overview of Virginia’s architectural heritage within
the context of larger historic trends, from its colonial-era
settlement through to the economic, technological and cultural innovations of the early
The majority of the publication consists of "Style and Form"
information sheets offering basic information about and character-defining
of the many historic architectural styles that have shaped Virginia’s public and private
spaces across more than three centuries. Because architecture is a visual medium,
Classic Commonwealth relies heavily on photographs which exemplify or illustrate relevant styles.
We hope that the Classic Commonwealth style guide will enrich your understanding and
appreciation of Virginia’s historic architecture. Additionally, this guide complements the
New Dominion Virginia Style
Guide, which DHR issued in 2014 and covers the 1940s through the late 20th century.
Historic Trades & Consultants Directory:
completed an overhaul and update of our directory for craftsmen/trades people who work on historic structures. This directory is provided by
DHR as a service to those in Virginia seeking the professional assistance of people with expertise in historic preservation. This directory does not presume to be all inclusive; however, all consultants, craftsmen, artisans, and contractors with historic building experience who request inclusion will be listed.
This is not an “approved” list. The
inclusion of an individual or firm in this directory is not an
endorsement by VDHR or a demonstration of professional
competence. It is the responsibility of the property owner to obtain all appropriate permits and to ascertain that contractors have the appropriate licenses. Licensing requirements and status may be checked at
www.dpor.virginia.gov. If you are a craftsman interested in being included on the list, please contact
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