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New Publication from DHR:
Virginia Historical HIghway Markers & The War of 1812

This guide, created originally for the 2014 Legacy Symposium convened at Fort Monroe and Hampton University, highlights 39 state historical markers that deal with aspects of the War of 1812.

Organized by county or city locales, the guide provides the text of each highway maker.

The 12-page guide includes illustrations and photos and should benefit teachers, students, and travelers. Download the PDF now.

Updated: 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 Buena Vista. (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.
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 here. Meanwhile, detailed information about architectural and archaeological resources can be found using the fee-based system, registration available here.

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 University of Virginia Press.

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.  
Updated: 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 here. 
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Updated: 10.8.2015