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.
7 Historic Sites Added to the
Virginia Landmarks Register
A 19th-century railroad depot in Wythe County, a 1930s-era
Art Deco-style school that served the black community in Staunton and a historic
district in Franklin County dating back to the 1780s and the founding of Boones Mill
are among seven places recently approved for listing in the Virginia Landmarks
Register by DHR in June.
slideshow of the places.
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Recent News and Announcements
DHR Work Plan October 2014-September 2015:
DHR has just completed a
draft of our agency Work Plan
the coming (federal fiscal) year. It spells out DHR's vision and goals and how the agency will
achieve those goals. Please direct any comments about the plan to Stephanie Williams, DHR Deputy Director, at
(804) 482-6082 or by email at
The Department of Historic Resources (DHR) is discussing with the National
Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, a proposal to transfer certain
non-Native American human remains to that museum for long-term curation and further study.
The remains in question were recovered from 18th and early 19th century archaeological
sites in Prince George and James City counties and the City of Williamsburg. DHR intends
to brief the Virginia Board of Historic Resources at its September 18, 2014 meeting, and
will request formal approval from the Board in December to carry out
the transfer. DHR invites any person
with interest in or concern over this proposal to comment accordingly. All correspondence
received prior to October 15, 2014 will be considered during these discussions, and all
public comment is appreciated. Please send correspondence to:
Joanna Wilson Green, Easement and Stewardship Archaeologist,
2801 Kensington Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220.
Cemetery Workshop, October 3 & 4:
A two-day workshop led for by DHR
staff members will address the proper care and maintenance of historic cemeteries and
how to interpret funerary symbolism, among other topics.
The workshop will be held Friday and Saturday,
October 3 & 4 at the Menokin
Baptist Church, located at 4459 Menokin Road, Warsaw.
Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.
The fee for both days of the
workshop is $60 or $40 for attending only Friday’s session. (The student discount
is $40 for the two days or $25 for Friday’s session.) The workshop will be held rain
or shine. It is recommended that participants pack a lunch for Friday’s session.
Attendance at Friday’s workshop is a requirement in order to attend Saturday’s workshop.
Registration for the workshop closes Wednesday, September 24. For information, please
contact Dee DeRoche at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) by email
Dee.DeRoche@dhr.virginia.gov or by phone at (804) 482-6441. For more information
press release. The
workshop is co-sponsored by The Menokin Foundation and
DHR needs public input.
That means we need to hear from you
— and other citizens and organizations throughout the
- What are the major issues facing the preservation
community and use of historic resources over the next decade?
- What values and vision should shape our collective formal preservation plans and goals?
- How should Virginia’s preservation community (including this agency and a wide range of public and private partners) address these issues as we preserve and care for Virginia’s historic resources during the next decade?
We invite you, as part of this public input process, to complete a survey located at the
Your feedback is vital to the Department of Historic Resources in developing a meaningful
statewide Virginia Comprehensive Preservation Plan. If you care about preservation and your
community’s historic resources and assets,
the estimated 15 minutes it takes to complete the
survey will be time well spent.
For more about the Comprehensive Plan, see under "Background"
New Publication from DHR:
Virginia Historical HIghway Markers & The War of
This guide, created originally for the 2014
Legacy Symposium convened at Fort Monroe and Hampton University
in June, highlights 39 state historical markers that deal with
aspects of the War of 1812.
Organized by county or city locales, the guide provides the text
of each highway maker.
The 12-page guide includes illustrations and photos and should
benefit teachers, students, and travelers.
Download the PDF now.
Post-Natural Disaster Advisory:
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2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221
Phone: (804) 367-2323