How to Become Involved

Homeowners

Buy and restore a historic house. Owners of historic dwellings are now eligible for the state rehabilitation tax credit for certified rehabilitations, which make rehabs economically feasible. For more details on the state and federal tax credits, visit the Rehabilitation Tax Credits section of this site.

Donate a preservation easement.  Owners of historic resources can donate preservation easements to protect properties in perpetuity from inappropriate alterations or destruction. More information is available in the Historic Preservation Easements section.

Document and protect archaeological sites on your property. Archaeological resources are some of Virginia's most fragile clues to our past. If you have archaeological sites or find artifacts on your property, visit the Archaeological Site Stewardship section of this site for more information about how to protect them.

Get involved in local planning processes. Tell your community planners how important your historic resources are to you. By conveying how your locality can utilize resources for economic, educational, and community benefit, you can influence the treatment of the resources that define your community. Put your passion into action and join your local Historical Commission or Architectural Review Board.

Families and Youth

Become a TimeTraveler. Students and families are raving about TimeTravelers. This travel and learning program excites kids about their heritage. Armed with a TimeTravelers passport, students travel to museums and historic sites. Once the passport has six stamps, it can be sent in for a certificate signed by the governor and a T-shirt. Information and passports can be downloaded from the TimeTravelers site.

Celebrate Virginia Archaeology Month. October is Virginia Archaeology Month. Events include exhibits, lecture series, and children's programs. For more information, visit the complete Virginia Archaeology Month Calendar in the VA ArchNET section of this site.

Adopt a historic site. Families or school groups can support favorite historic sites and museums with volunteer work or annual donations. (See also Stewardship Virginia.)


How to Become Involved       

Homeowners/Families

Volunteers/Museums/Historic Sites






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This house on Broad Street, in Richmond, was rehabbed using state tax credits.





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The 40-block Fredericksburg Historic District comprises one of the South's outstanding townscapes.





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The Harrison School, in Roanoke, was erected in 1917 for African Americans. Closed in the 1960s, it was rehabbed as apartments.



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The Ashburn family from Florida toured Virginia for 10 days last summer as TimeTravelers.