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June 2014: 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
announcing the new markers.
Eight New Historical Markers Approved
in March 2014
: An “old folks” home for
once enslaved women, a Confederate
camp that emerged as a refuge for freed slaves after the Civil War, a resort hotel and four
schools built to serve African Americans during the era of segregation, and the origins of the
Town of Reston are highlighted in eight historical highway markers approved in March. Read the
and the text for each marker.
How to Research Your Historic Property: Owners of old Virginia houses, commercial buildings,
mills, and farmsteads, as well as historians of churches, schools,
and businesses often want
to learn more about the history of their property but are not sure how to go about it. DHR recently updated
our publication on how to conduct research on a historic property
and it is available for downloading as a PDF.
The publication introduces you to some of the useful sources available for learning about the history
of a Virginia property.
Bank building after renovation.
(Photo: Kevin Blackburn)
Community Bank Building, ca. 1970s, in
(Photo: DHR tax credit file)
Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Programs Benefit Virginia's Economy: The
rehabilitation, re-use and preservation of Virginia’s historic residential
and commercial buildings is good for the commonwealth’s economy according
to a study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University. The
benefits of bringing old buildings back to life ripples across the economy
and through local communities, adding upwards of an estimated $3.9 billion to
the state’s economic health. Those rehabilitation expenses and their
domino effect have also created more than 31,000 full and part-time jobs
during a 17-year period and generated an estimated $133 million in state
and local tax revenues. Read the
51-page report or see this Preservation Virginia
press release highlighting the study's findings.
Five New State Historical Markers Approved:
The new markers approved in December 2013 will highlight the first black Girl Scout
troop in the South, the first coeducational Presbyterian training school for lay workers,
First African Baptist Church in Richmond, a popular 20th-century illustrator and artist
from Salem, and a pioneering agricultural educator in southwest Virginia. For more information, read
V-CRIS has a new public access feature: DHR is pleased to announce that
our new GIS-based database, known as V-CRIS, allows limited
access to the public. While V-CRIS is a fee-based, licensed service, it
does feature a public component that allows visitors to search the database for basic
information on individual architectural resources or historic districts. It can be accessed
Meanwhile, detailed information about architectural and archaeological resources can be found using
the fee-based system, registration available
DHR's most recent publication: Jordan's Point, Virginia: Archaeology in Perspective,
Prehistoric to Modern Times
by Martha W. McCartney:
If there is “a world in a grain of sand,” as the poet
William Blake writes, then imagine what archaeology can reveal
at a richly layered triangle of land known as Jordan’s Point,
situated along the James River, just down river from the City of
Hopewell. What archaeologists discovered there through careful
investigations sponsored by [DHR] ... is a path into the worlds of Virginia prehistory, colonial, and post-colonial history
... Anyone interested in Virginia history will want Martha McCartney’s book in his or her library.
— From the Foreword by Kathleen S. Kilpatrick, Former Director, DHR.
Generously illustrated and priced at $14.95, it is now available
through local bookstores or the
of Virginia Press
DHR architectural historian
has authored a book titled
True Legacies of the Deyerle Builders: Nineteenth-Century Brick Architecture in the
Roanoke Valley and Beyond
The book is available from the
History Museum of Western Virginia
, which brought it to publication. Read this
to order the book online.
DHR Official Survey Manual (PDF). The
newly revised (October
2011) version of the Survey Manual, officially known as "Guidelines for Conducting Historic Resources Survey in Virginia,"
is now available.
(Chapters 6 and 7 of the manual, which are devoted to archaeological survey, were previously released in 2009.)
Thanks to those who submitted comments on a prior draft of the
manual earlier this year.
Virginia Atlas of Archaeology
: We have
posted an updated atlas featuring links to destinations in
Virginia that are open to the public and feature exhibits or
information related to archaeology. Visit the Virginia ArchNet
webpage or go directly to the atlas
Now available. A Handbook and Resource Guide for Owners of
Virginia's Historic Houses
. Authored by Camille Agricola Bowman,
an architectural historian and technical easement advisor with DHR, this
excellent and attractive publication offers valuable information on the
proper stewardship of a historic house as well as plenty of additional
places to turn for expert guidance on various restoration repairs. It's
an indispensible primer for the owner of a historic property. Loaded
with color photographs, the is 64-page book is now available from DHR
for $3 (to cover postage).
(Updated Aug. 2012)
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