Skip to Content
Top banner images
Other Important Links:

*Historic Resources Fund

*Virginia FOIA


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 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.

Eight New State Historical Markers Approved: The adoption by Virginia’s General Assembly of a statute establishing religious freedom, the life of a free African American who became the first president of the African nation of Liberia, the battlefield promotion a Civil War hero, and the founding of a college fraternity in 1865 inspired by Robert E. Lee are among the topics covered in eight new state historical markers recently approved by DHR's Board of Historic Resources. Read the press release announcing the new markers.

Now Available, Program Guide from DHR's Recent Battlefield Symposium: Earlier this spring, DHR hosted a Symposium on Contemporary Battlefield Conservation & Management Strategies. The Program Guide (PDF) contains overviews of each session:
  • Forging Effective Public-Private Partnerships
  • Identification & Documentation of Battlefield Landscapes
  • Land Use Planning & Zoning
  • Conservation Easement Design & Stewardship
  • Management of Archaeological Resources
  • Education & Interpretation
For additional information, including PDFs of symposium speakers' presentations, visit this page devoted to the battlefield symposium.


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