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.
The places include an archaeological site on the campus of the University of Virginia
associated with a free African-American antebellum household, an early 19th-century
crossroads tavern complex in Hanover County, and two consolidated schools and a public
healthcare facility in western Virginia
built during the 20th century.
slideshow of the places.
Portsmouth: A new state historical marker will be dedicated this Sunday, Memorial Day weekend that highlights Cedar Grove Cemetery, a resting place for many veterans of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, as well as Confederate soldiers from the Civil War. The dedication ceremony begins at 3 p.m., May 29, at the sign’s location alongside the main entrance to Cedar Grove Cemetery, located on Fort Lane in Portsmouth. Read this press release for more information about speakers and the sign.
Now Accepting Applications for CLG Grants 2016-2017:
DHR announces an open competition to select projects that best meet CLG requirements
outlined in this
Request for Applications. Specifically, eligible
projects are those that enhance or strengthen heritage stewardship efforts and programs at
the local level where they are most successful, including projects that integrate heritage
stewardship planning with larger local planning efforts, projects that educate the public
about local history and resources or the locality’s heritage stewardship programs. Also
eligible are projects that identify the history and heritage resources of an area or
projects involving publications or programs that promote the broad benefits of heritage
stewardship. Those benefits include community revitalization, economic development,
heritage tourism, education, and community and citizenship building. Specific eligible
project types are identified in the following sections. Applications will be received until
Friday, May 27, 2016. Please go to our
CLG homepage for more information
13 New State Historical Markers Approved:
A civil rights case that led the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in
1967 that a Virginia law prohibiting interracial marriage was
unconstitutional, the 1791 decision of a wealthy planter to free
more than 500 enslaved persons he owned, and an early
20th-century rural community settled by Scandinavian immigrants
are among the topics covered in new state historical markers
recently approved by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources
during its March quarterly meeting. Read the
press release about the new markers and the full
texts of each sign.
Powhatan in his longhouse at Werowocomoco.
DHR and Virginia Historical Society's co-sponsored panel discussion on
Werowocomoco is now available for viewing:
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.
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.