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Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in March (2013)
A farm that served as a refuge to Jews escaping Nazi Germany,
an estate that is home today to a unique educational music center, and historic
districts at the heart of five towns scattered from Tidewater to the Cumberland Gap Turnpike
in southwest Virginia are among the
13 new sites added to the state register during DHR's the March
joint meeting of DHR's two boards.
the full press release.
DHR Adds 16 Historic Sites to Virginia Landmarks Register
The story of education for African Americans and women in Virginia factors into five of the
16 sites the Department of Historic Resources recently listed in the VLR, the state’s official list of historically important places. The sites include a Farmville church, two Tidewater schools, a house in Falls Church, and a building at the University of Richmond.
(Read press release with summary of each
Cannon Memorial Chapel
DHR Adds 3 Buildings at University of Richmond to Virginia Landmarks Register: In advance of the 100th anniversary in 2014 marking its move from a campus at the then-edge of Richmond
( where it occupied a single city block in the Fan neighborhood), UR and DHR have partnered to list three campus buildings in the Virginia Landmarks Register: North Court, Ryland Hall and Cannon Memorial Chapel. All three buildings reflect important aspects of UR’s history, from its founding as a Baptist seminary in the early 1830s to opening its classrooms to women in 1898, only a few decades after the severe hardships the school endured during and after the Civil War.
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, 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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