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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
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.

Here's a slideshow of the places.

(See more slideshows here.)

Recent News and Announcements

DHR Work Plan October 2014-September 2015: DHR has just completed a draft of our agency Work Plan for 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
Public Notice: 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, DHR, 2801 Kensington Avenue Richmond, VA 23220.
Cemetery Workshop, October 3 & 4:
Register Now
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 at or by phone at (804) 482-6441. For more information see this press release.
The workshop is co-sponsored by The Menokin Foundation and Preservation Virginia.

DHR needs public input. That means we need to hear from you — and other citizens and organizations throughout the commonwealth:
  • 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 following link:

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" on this webpage.

New Publication from DHR

Virginia Historical HIghway Markers & The War of 1812

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:  See this webpage.

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2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond,  VA 23221
Phone:  (804) 367-2323