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Historic Surry Disaster Mitigation Plan
provides the Town of Surry and its 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 Governor McAuliffe’s Monuments Work Group (2016):
for Community Engagement Regarding Confederate Monuments
": Governor McAuliffe is committed to preserving both Virginia’s historic resources and the local autonomy necessary for the legitimate discussions currently occurring throughout the Commonwealth. Recognizing her experience as a former Mayor and her leadership in Virginia’s historic preservation efforts, the governor directed Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward to convene a diverse work group to consider the issues that arose in the debate last spring over HB 587, a General Assembly bill that would have overridden the authority of city governments to remove or alter war memorials erected before 1998. 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 discussed Werowocomoco
Virginia Historical Society Banner Lecture
in February 2016. The discussion focuses on the
of Werowocomco and the site's significance
to Virginia Indians today
. Werowocomoco, an American Indian village, 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 Jamestown. To
learn more about this internationally significant site,
watch this video
of the Banner Lecture
presentation, avialble on the VHRS website. The February event was co-sponsored
DHR with VHS.
Classic Commonwealth: Virginia Architecture from the Colonial
Era to 1940
: DHR is pleased to present
this new online publication designed to aid professionals, students, and
readers of all walks in identifying and documenting 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, 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"
information sheets offering basic information about and character-defining
of the many historic architectural styles that have shaped Virginia’s public and private
spaces across more than three centuries. Because architecture is a visual medium,
Classic Commonwealth relies heavily on photographs which exemplify or illustrate relevant styles.
We hope that the Classic Commonwealth style guide will enrich your understanding and
appreciation of Virginia’s historic architecture. Additionally, this guide complements the
New Dominion Virginia Style
Guide, which DHR issued in 2014 and covers the 1940s through the late 20th century.
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.
Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Programs Benefit Virginia's Economy
Bank building after renovation.
(Photo: Kevin Blackburn)
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
or see this Preservation Virginia
highlighting the study's findings.
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