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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

The first dormitory built at Virginia Tech, an early Charlottesville suburb, a cut-flower greenhouse complex in Lynchburg, and a modernist-style house of worship in Arlington County are among the seven new listings added to the Virginia Landmarks Register by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources earlier this month.

Here's a slideshow of the places.

(See more slideshows here.)

Recent News and Announcements

Public Notice of Intent to Relocate Interments within the Mosely Cemetery, Boydton, Mecklenburg County: The County has determined that disturbance of the cemetery cannot be avoided due to the required layout of proposed buildings for a multi-phase Industrial Park Expansion and its associated infrastructure; hence, the County intends to apply for a burial permit through the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) to allow the archaeological excavation and relocation of the aforementioned cemetery. A copy of this application may be requested from DHR. The exhumed human remains and funerary objects will be relocated to a public cemetery in Mecklenburg County, unless otherwise denoted by interested parties. COMMENT PERIOD: Comments on this project should be made in writing, addressed to the following: Enviro-Utilities, Inc. (ATTN: A. Jones), PO Box 73133, Richmond, VA 23235; and Joanna Wilson Green, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, 2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221. Written comments should be received by the close of business on December 19, 2014. Read this public notice PDF for more information, including identification of known burials.

Nine New Historical Highway Markers:

A fort in the Chesapeake Bay where formerly enslaved men were trained as marines in the British Navy, the bright-leaf tobacco barns of Southside Virginia, French military assistance to the American cause during the Revolutionary War, and one of the worst train wrecks in the commonwealth are among the topics covered in nine historical markers approved by the state’s Department of Historic Resources in September. To learn more, read this press release, which includes the text for each of the signs.

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.

© 2014 Commonwealth of Virginia / Virginia Department of Historic Resources 
2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond,  VA 23221
Phone:  (804) 367-2323