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


14 Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in June 2016
 
A water tower in Manassas, a mill complex that operated into the 1960s in Amherst County, tobacco warehouses in Richmond affiliated with the mass marketing of cigarette brands, and a military railroad at the heart of Fort Belvoir’s development in Fairfax County are among the 14 historic sites recently listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register.
See a slideshow of the places.
 
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Four sites listed in the VLR

Recent News and Announcements

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50th Anniversary of Virginia’s Preservation Easement Program: To celebrate the 50th anniversary, DHR director Julie V. Langan will offer keynote remarks during a ceremony this Saturday, July 2, beginning at 3 p.m., at Old Mansion in Bowling Green (Caroline County). The privately-owned circa-1741 Old Mansion and its 128 acres was the first historic property to receive perpetual protection under the authority of the General Assembly’s Open-Space Land Act of 1966. The ceremony will honor the easement and the program’s legislative architect, George C. Freeman, who persuaded key General Assembly members in the 1960s that the Commonwealth needed to encourage preservation of privately owned historic landmarks. Read a press release for more information.
Request for Proposals for 2016-2017 Cost Share Survey and Planning: DHR is pleased to announce the availability of the 2016-2017 Cost Share Survey and Planning Request for Proposals. Proposals from qualified consultants are due to: Tyler Turpin, Procurement Officer, Department of Historic Resources, 10 Courthouse Avenue, Petersburg VA 23803 by 4:00 PM, Friday August 12, 2016 . All inquiries for information should be directed to Mr. Turpin at: tyler.turpin@dhr.virginia.gov. Cost Share projects are funded through a partnership between DHR and a local government and/or regional planning district commission (PDC). For more information about the program, contact Carey Jones.
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Request for Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund Grants Apllications.: DHR is pleased to announce the availability of grants through the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund for the preservation of Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War battlefields in Virginia either through fee simple land purchases or protective easement purchases. Battlefield preservation organizations that qualify are urged to apply. Applications are due August 15, 2016. Please contact David Edwards (link his email) for any questions about the grant application and grant criteria (see the grant manual).
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Powhatan in his longhouse at Werowocomoco.
DHR and Virginia Historical Society's co-sponsored panel discussion on Werowocomoco is now available for viewing: In 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.





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Now 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.

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