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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

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.

New Historical Highway Markers Approved:  The markers cover topics in the counties of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Mecklenburg, and Tazewell; and the cities of Danville, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, and Petersburg. Also, an updated marker for Caroline Co. replaces a prior one noting the site where John Wilkes Booth was killed.. The eight new markers, recently approved for manufacture, will highlight a Danville church where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke; the origins of 4-H clubs in Virginia; and an attack by Shawnee Indians on a frontier family in present-day Tazewell County, among other topics. Read this press release for more information, including the texts of the new markers.

Post-Natural Disaster Advisory:  See this webpage.

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Phone:  (804) 482-6446 or 804) 367-2323