The Virginia Department of Historic Resources
is the State Historic
Our mission is to foster, encourage, and support the stewardship of
Virginia's significant historic architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources.
Eight Historic Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks
Register in March 2015
The farm where legendary racehorse Secretariat was born,
a post-Civil War African American community in the northern Shenandoah Valley, two buildings
exemplifying Modernist architecture, and the oldest known commercial swimming pool in
the Commonwealth are among the historical sites added to the VLR
in March 2015.
slideshow of the places.
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Recent News and Announcements
Battlefield Preservation Grants! Now Available:
DHR is pleased to announce the availability of grants
through the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund (previously known as the Civil War Sites Preservation Fund)
for the preservation of Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War battlefields in Virginia either
through fee simple land purchases or protective easement purchases. Battlefield preservation organizations
that qualify are urged to apply. Applications are due August 7, 2015. Please contact
David Edwards in our Stephens City office (540-868-7030) with any questions
about the grant
grant criteria (grants manual), and
easement application form.
Please help DHR spread the word about these grants and share
this announcement with any other preservation organizations that may be
eligible for such funds.
2015 Report on the Stewardship of State-Owned Property:
The General Assembly requires
DHR to develop two biennial reports, with the option that they
might be combined, on the stewardship of state-owned properties by various state agencies and institutions.
The two reports consist of priority lists of (1) the Commonwealth’s most historically significant
state-owned properties that are eligible for, but not designated on, the Virginia Landmarks Register
(VLR), and (2) of significant state-owned properties, designated on or eligible for the VLR,
which are threatened with the loss of historic integrity or functionality. The document also
includes a biennial status report summarizing actions, decisions, and the condition of properties
previously identified as priorities. DHR has completed this year’s biennial report,
now available. For more information about stewardship
of state-owned properties, visit this dedicated
Teaching with Historic Places: Sweet Briar College’s Tusculum Institute will host its seventh annual Teaching
with Historic Places workshop and conference in June in partnership with
DHR. This year’s theme is “Farms and Barns: Virginia’s
Agricultural Heritage.” The event will be on Saturday, June 13,
at Sweet Briar College from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Workshop sessions will be led by historians,
museum professionals, librarians and teachers who also farm. Intended for K-12
teachers and other educators including curators and interpreters from historical
societies or museums, the conference will feature several costumed interpreters and
hands-on activities and lesson plans. There is no fee for attending the conference
and coffee breaks and lunch are included with the registration. Qualified teachers
will receive a stipend and continuing education units for participating.
be received by Wednesday, June 11. For more information about registering or to see a full
agenda of the day, visit
this webpage. Or
contact Dr. Lynn Rainville, director of the Tusculum Institute,
or call (434) 381-6432 and leave a message.
13 New Historical Highway Markers Approved:
The markers will highlight Presbyterian church history in the Shenandoah Valley, a Tangier Island
preacher who became known as “The Parson of the Islands,” 20th century African American
schools, and a 1929 roadside diner, among other topics. See this
press release for more information
including the text of each new marker.
New markers cover topics in the counties of Accomack, Augusta (2), Henrico,
Louisa, Lunenburg, Powhatan, Southampton, Sussex; and the cities of Alexandria,
Petersburg (2), and Richmond. Replacement markers were also approved for signs in
Hampton, Jamestown, and Loudoun County.
Application for Archaeological Excavation of Human Remains: DHR’s application for a permit to allow archaeological excavation of human remains is now revised. If you work or excavate on private or public property in Virginia and encounter graves or human remains, please contact your local sheriff’s department immediately. Should you wish to pursue a permit to allow archaeological excavation of human remains, please contact us with questions or to begin the application process (Joanna Wilson Green, 804-482-6098). The Code of Virginia (§
10.1-2305) requires a permit from the Department of Historic Resources for any archaeological work conducted on human graves, marked or unmarked. Additional information about laws pertaining to human burials may be found on our website
here. Info about the burial permit process is available
Post-Natural Disaster Advisory:
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2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221
Phone: (804) 482-6446 or 804) 367-2323