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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is the State Historic Preservation Office.
Our mission is to foster, encourage, and support the stewardship of Virginia's significant historic architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources.

Historic Virginia

10 Places Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register, December 2016
One of the oldest surviving frontier-era buildings on Virginia’s southern Piedmont, as well as 18th-century plantation houses in the Tidewater region, and three distinct modern 20th-century buildings in the Richmond area are among the ten places added to the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) by the Department of Historic Resources in December 2016.
See a slideshow of the places.
(See more slideshows here.)

Recent News and Announcements

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of DHR as well as the National Historic Preservation Act and Virginia Open-Space Land Act, our agency published this special Commemorative Issue of Notes on Virginia, No.54, now available online as a 74-page PDF. DHR released a limited print-run edition of the magazine at Preservation Virginia’s annual conference in October, convened on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the NHPA on October 16, 1966. (The agency’s Historic Resources Fund covered the printing costs of the magazine.) We still have hard copies of the print edition available. To order, please send your request to the attention of Jennifer Pullen, DHR, 2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221. Please enclose a check for $3 to cover postage of the magazine. See past issues of Notes on Virginia also available online. 

Report of Governor McAuliffe’s Monuments Work Group (2016):Recommendations 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. This report is the product of that effort.

Battlefield Preservation: Nearly 1,339 acres associated with Civil War battles will be protected through grants from this year’s Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund awarded by DHR to three organizations that aim to preserve the lands. The grant recipients are the Capital Region Land Conservancy, the Civil War Trust, and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. The acreage targeted for preservation is associated with the battles of Chancellorsville, Fisher’s Hill, Malvern Hill, and the Wilderness. Read this press release announcing the awards and the significance of the preserved lands and affiliated battles.

Seven New Historical Markers Approved in Dec. 2016: The first public memorial in the U.S. honoring veterans of the Vietnam War, a 1909 Virginian Railway passenger depot in Roanoke, and a U.S. Army corporal awarded the Medal of Honor for “extraordinary heroism” during a U.S. cavalry fight with Apache Indians are among the topics featured on seven new historical highway markers approved by DHR in December. For more info and the full text of the seven historical markers, see this press release.  
The "Childress Rock Churches": Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Floyd, Carroll, and Patrick counties are six rock churches constructed between 1919 and the early 1950s. The churches are associated with Presbyterian minister Robert "Bob" W. Childress, Sr. and his remarkable ministry. Follow this link for a slideshow tour of the churches, which were listed in 2006 on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
Now Available: 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.

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