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Follow this link for a list of
Archaeological Research, Technical, and Survey and Planning Reports.
Biennial Report on the Stewardship of State-Owned Property, May 1 2015: In 2006, the General Assembly passed legislation that calls for DHR to develop two biennial reports, with the option that they might be combined, on the stewardship of state-owned properties. See the 2015 report (PDF). For more information about stewardship of state-owned property, visit this webpage.
Classic Commonwealth: Virginia Architecture from the Colonial Era to 1940: Completed in 2015, this new online publication is 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 20th century. The majority of the publication consists of "Style and Form" information sheets offering basic information about and character-defining features 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. This guide will enrich one's understanding and appreciation of Virginia’s historic architecture. Additionally, the guide complements the New Dominion Virginia Style Guide (see below), which DHR issued in 2014. That guide covers the 1940s through the late 20th century
Code of Virginia. The Virginia General Assembly provides the Code of Virginia online. There are a number of sections of the Code that deal with preservation laws. Search the Code here.
DHR Official Survey Manual (PDF). Revised in 2011, the Survey Manual is officially known as the Guidelines for Conducting Historic Resources Survey in Virginia.
DHR Strategic Plan 2012-2014: This document dovetails with DHR's Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan and also our Work Plan (both below).
DHR Work Plan Summary, October 2015 to September 2016: This annual document dovetails with DHR's Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan (below). If you wish to review the full document, please contact Stephanie Williams, DHR Deputy Director.
First People: The Early Indians of Virginia (2nd Edition) (1992, 2006) by Keith Egloff and Deborah Woodward. Incorporating recent events in the Native American community as well as additional information gleaned from publications and public resources, this newly redesigned and updated second edition of First People brings back into print this concise and highly readable narrative. Full of stories that represent the full diversity of Virginia's Indians, past and present, this popular book remains an essential introduction to the history of Virginia Indians from prehistory to the present day. The book is available through DHR, the University of Virginia Press, or local bookstores.
A Guidebook to Virginia's Historical Markers (2007, University of Virginia Press). An excellent source for traveling or browsing at home. Includes nearly 900 markers and replacement markers installed along the commonwealth's roadways since the last edition of the guide was published in 1994. This third edition of A Guidebook to Virginia's Historical Markers brings together and updates the texts of more than 1,850 official state historical markers placed along Virginia's highways since 1927. Divided into six geographic-cultural regions, this edition contains maps and three individual indexes that assist the reader in locating markers by title, number, or subject matter. Available through bookstores or the University of Virginia Press.
A Handbook and Resource Guide for Owners of Virginia's Historic Houses by Camille Agricola Bowman, an architectural historian and technical easement advisor with DHR. This book offers valuable information on the proper stewardship of a historic house as well as sources for additional expert guidance on various restoration repairs. The book is 64 pages, and includes more than 50 color photographs. Available for cost of shipping. Order form.
Research Your Historic Virginia Property (Updated
2013). 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 conduct research on a historic property,
available for downloading as a PDF. This publication introduces you
to some of the useful sources available for learning about the
history of a Virginia property.
Interpreting the Standards Bulletins. Prepared by the National Park Service, these bulletins explain rehabilitation project decisions made by the National Park Service in its administration of the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program. The bulletins are case-specific and are provided as guidance only. They are not necessarily applicable beyond the unique facts and circumstances of each case.
Jordan's Point, Virginia: Archaeology in Perspective, Prehistoric to Modern Times by Martha W. McCartney. Jordan's Point, a nearly triangular promontory in the James River, is situated in Prince George County, just east of the confluence of the James and Appomattox Rivers. In 1607, when the first European colonists saw Jordan's Point, it was graced by the homes and cleared fields of natives they would call the Weyanoke. Virginia colonist Samuel Jordan established a community called Jordan's Journey around 1621. In time, the settlement became a hub of social and political life. By 1660, Jordan's Point had come into the possession of the Bland Family. This richly illustrated book tells the story of Jordan's Point, which spans thousands of years, through the cultural features that archaeologists have unearthed there. It is available from the University of Virginia Press or local bookstores.
Dominion Virginia Style Guide: The New
Dominion Virginia Style Guide assists historic preservation
professionals, local governments, preservation advocates, students,
and interested members of the public with defining and documenting
the numerous types and styles of post-WW II architectural resources
in Virginia. Additionally, the guide offers an overview of the major
historic and architectural trends in Virginia from 1946 to 1991 and
instructions on improving entry of survey data in DHR’s Virginia
Cultural Resources Information System (V-CRIS).
Notes on Virginia: Currently no longer published, this former annual journal of DHR reported on Virginia historic preservation matters, and included listings of recent historic properties named to the Virginia Landmarks Register; historical highway markers approved for placement; easements donated to the Commonwealth; and other programs. (For copies of current or available back issues, contact Randy Jones. Issues 2002 through 2009, the most recent years of publication are available as PDFs here.)
Preservation Briefs. These in-depth reports prepared by the National Park Service provide valuable technical information and tips for important aspects of historic rehabilitation. Follow the Preservation Briefs link to the National Park Service Website for downloadable PDF versions of the briefs. Most Preservation Briefs also are available in print format from the Department of Historic Resources. For more information, go to the SOI's Standards.
Technical Assistance Reports and Updates. For help with the hands-on challenges of historic rehabilitations, these reports and updates, many prepared by DHR staff, provide technical assistance summaries on common problems that arise in maintaining and rehabilitating a historic property. Please also see Preservation Briefs.
Virginia Indians at Werowocomoco, NPS Handbook: An established Native American settlement as early as 1200 CE, Werowocomoco—located in Gloucester County, along the York River—was a secular and sacred seat of power of the Algonquian people in present-day Virginia, whom the English would call the “Powhatan.” The site was rediscovered in 2003. Only about 1 percent of the 58-acre site has been investigated; however, based on archaeological research conducted so far, it appears to be an unprecedented archaeological find for the eastern coastal region of the nation, and its significance to Virginia Indians today and our shared history is without parallel. Generously illustrated and informed by recent scholarship, this latest addition to the National Park Service Handbook series is an engaging and concise history of the site, its rediscovery, and what recent archaeology tells us about Werowocomoco. Order the book from the University of Virginia Press or online retailers such as Amazon. Priced at $12.95, consisting of 148 pages with more than 100 color images, photographs, and maps, this book is intended for a general reader interested in Native American and Virginia history.
The Virginia Landmarks Register, edited by Calder Loth. Published in 1999, this 608-page 4th edition, with 1,780 illustrations, compiles the state's buildings, structures, sites, and districts that have been officially designated (through 1998) as historic landmarks by the Department of Historic Resources since 1966. The collection of nearly 1,800 entries represents the most comprehensive inventory of Virginia's rich and varied historic legacy ever published in book form. The book is available through DHR, the University of Virginia Press, or local bookstores.
Virginia's Historic Registers: A Guide for Property Owners (Updated 2014).