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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

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.
(See more slideshows here.)
Four sites listed in the VLR

Recent News and Announcements

Notice: Pursuant to Code of Virginia §10.1-2305 The Virginia Department of Historic Resources has received an application for archaeological recovery of human remains that may be located at the Central United Methodist Church in Ballston, VA. The application may be viewed here. Please forward written comments to Joanna Wilson Green, by mail to 2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221 or by email to
Cemetery Workshop Scheduled, Register Now: DHR will present a day-long workshop on the symbols, stewardship, and proper documentation of historic cemeteries on Saturday, October 1, at the Parish Hall of Ware Episcopal Church, 7825 John Clayton Highway, Gloucester. DHR urges those interested to register soon; space is limited and registration closes September 27. Read this press release for more information about the workshop. Use this registration form.
Upcoming National Preservation Institute (NPI) Seminars:
September in Fredericksburg:

(1) Section 106: A Review for Experienced Practitioners: September 20-21: Review regulations, standards, guidelines, and related laws relevant to Section 106 review. Discuss issues, problems, and “tricks of the trade,” with an emphasis on ways to employ creativity and flexibility to reduce complexity and improve effectiveness. Read full agenda.

(2) Native American Cultural Property Law, September 22-23: Review the federal laws intended to preserve Native American heritage through the protection of cultural practices and sacred lands. Examine the use of statutes as tools to manage tangible and intangible cultural property. Discuss government-to-government obligations, court decisions, and case studies to illustrate federal policies and practice. Consider the legal, cultural, and historical perspectives resulting from decisions affecting Native American cultural property. Learn how the consultation process enables tribes, federal entities, and other parties to achieve resolution. Read full agenda.

November Workshops:
(3) Historic Windows: Managing for Preservation, Maintenance, and Energy Conservation, Nov. 1-2, at Mount Vernon: Historic windows are both critical components of a building’s weather envelope and valuable character-defining features worth retaining for architectural and environmental reasons. Learn about the rich history and variety of wood, steel, and aluminum windows and construction methodology. Explore the maintenance and rehabilitation techniques that allow windows to have long and sustainable service lives. Review energy conservation and economic issues as factors facing managers in the restore-or-replace debate and regulations relating to preservation of these assets. Read full agenda.

(4) Historic Bridges: Management, Regulations, and Rehabilitation, Nov. 16-17, in Richmond: Historic bridges represent a significant inventory of America’s engineering heritage. Learn bridge typology and history. Discuss impacts on resources, avoidance of adverse effects, and alternatives and solutions. Explore how a collaborative team approach to rehabilitation projects benefits the regulatory and design process through interactive exercises. Discuss rehabilitation techniques that will meet engineering and historic standards. Review how to successfully navigate the requirements of the NEPA, Section 106, and Section 4(f) processes. Read full agenda.
DHR to Close Petersburg Office: The agency is now in the process of closing down our former “Administration Office” in Petersburg. The office—now a Fiscal Division—has been relocated to our Richmond headquarters. Please do not send mail or faxes to that office. For now, any mail or other correspondence (email or phone) intended for our Fiscal Division should be routed to Stephanie Williams, DHR Deputy Director, (804) 482-6082, 2801 Kensington Ave., Richmond, VA 23221.
The "Childress Rock Churches": Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Floyd, Carroll, and Patrick counties are six rock churches constructed between 1919 and the early 1950s. The churches are associated with Presbyterian minister Robert "Bob" W. Childress, Sr. and his remarkable ministry. Follow this link for a slideshow tour of the churches, which were listed in 2006 on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
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.

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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