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While this publication focuses on the Town of Surry, it has information that
will benefit people—especially caretakers of historic property—in communities
across Virginia beyond the Tidewater and Eastern Shore.
Historic Surry Disaster Mitigation Plan
provides residents guidelines on preparing
for, and recovering from a natural or man-made disaster,
specifically with regards to the treatment of historic properties.
The attractive, 30-page plan, created in 2016 and now available for public comment, is
the result of a grant administered by DHR from the the NPS's Historic Preservation Fund–Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Assistance Grant.
FYI, see these helpful
(from the full plan) for preparation and
recovery from disasters.
Questions or comments? Please contact
Turner Ashby Monument,
Report of the Monuments Work Group (2016):
for Community Engagement Regarding Confederate Monuments
These recommendations were made by a work group appointed by former Governor
Terry McAuliffe. The group was asked to pull together resources and best practices to help willing localities foster a constructive dialogue about their monuments.
is the product of that effort.
Powhatan in his longhouse at Werowocomoco.
Panelists discuss Werowocomoco
Virginia Historical Society (now the Virginia Museum of History and Culture) Banner Lecture
. They speak about the archaeology, prehistory and history of Werowocomco and the site's
"rediscovery," as well as its significance
to Virginia Indians today. An American Indian village, Werowocomoco is where chief Powhatan, his
daughter Pocahontas, and Capt. John Smith first crossed paths
when Smith was brought there as a prisoner. The village emerged
at least 400 years before
the English settled at
It was identified by archaeologists nearly 400 years after Powhatan deserted the
village in 1609. (A Banner Lecture
presentation co-sponsored by DHR.)
Classic Commonwealth: Virginia Architecture from the Colonial
Era to 1940
: This online publication
is designed to help professionals, students, and
readers of all walks identify and document the numerous types and styles of historic buildings in the
Commonwealth. The guide opens with an overview of Virginia's architectural heritage within
the context of larger historic trends. It covers Virginia from its colonial-era
settlement through to the economic, technological and cultural innovations of the early
The majority of the publication consists of "Style and Form"
sheets offering basic information about character-defining
of the many historic architectural styles that have shaped Virginia's public and private
spaces across more than 300 years. Because architecture is a visual medium,
Classic Commonwealth relies heavily on photographs which exemplify or illustrate relevant styles.
DHR hopes that Classic Commonwealth will guide and enrich your understanding and
appreciation of Virginia's historic architecture. Additionally, this guide complements the
New Dominion Virginia Style
Guide, which covers the 1940s through the late 20th century.
How to Research Your Historic Property:
Want to learn more about your property? This guide will give show you ways to do
so. With introductions to useful sources, the
is made for owners of old Virginia houses, commercial buildings,
mills, and farmsteads, as well as historians of churches, schools,
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