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.
Places Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register
From the brick and stone storage cellars
of a 19th-century brewery along the
James River near Richmond to the horse and hunt
country of rural
northern Virginia, the commonwealth’s history is captured
in 13 sites recently listed in the VLR. Here's a
slideshow of the places.
(See more slideshows
Recent News and Announcements
Contemporary Battlefield Conservation & Management
Strategies, A Symposium:
With the final year of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War fast approaching next year,
DHR is sponsoring a two-day symposium, April 30 through May 1 in Richmond, to offer in-depth
presentations about contemporary challenges and opportunities related to Civil War battlefield
stewardship and protection. The symposium is open to all citizens, organizations,
or jurisdictions with an interest in preserving Virginia’s battlefield lands and landscapes,
which are threatened by loss through encroaching growth and development.
For more information, see this
preliminary agenda. The Virginia Historical Society is
partnering with DHR to host the event and handle registration. The
workshop fee is $65 per person and covers continental breakfast and a box lunch for each day, as well as
an evening reception at Historic Tredegar, where noted Civil War scholar and author James I. “Bud”
Robertson Jr., will give a keynote address. To register, visit this
webpage. (Here's a
press release about the event.)
Civil War Sites
Preservation Fund: Request for Applications:
DHR is pleased
to announce the availability of matching grant funds for Civil War battlefield grants this year.
Only non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for these funds.)
Funds are available for fee simple purchase of lands or for the
purchase of preservation easements.
Please follow these links to: (1) information about
guidelines and criteria for the
grants, (2) the
application form, and (3)
easement application form for the
2014-15 grant round. Please note that applications are
due by May 1, 2014. DHR anticipates making awards in July
and having the projects completed by March 16, 2015.
Please read all documents carefully. Please review all material carefully in completing
the grant application. For more information, contact
David Edwards, Director, Community Services Division, DHR, (540) 868-7030.
Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Assistance Grant for Historic Properties: The National Park Service is allocating $1.5 million to the Commonwealth of Virginia to
reimburse property owners for repairs to their historic properties damaged by Hurricane
Sandy, the massive storm that struck the mid-Atlantic and northeast coast of the U.S.
in October of 2012. The grant is open to private property owners, and organizations or local governments
with ownership interests in historic properties in jurisdictions in Virginia that the
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared federal disaster areas in the wake
of Hurricane Sandy. Owners of historic properties in those localities are now possibly eligible
for reimbursement funds to repairs they made already or are planning to make to historic
structures ravaged by the storm. For more information about the
grant, eligibility, and the application, please review the following
documents (here's the
press release announcing the grants):
Applications for the grant must be submitted to DHR by 3 p.m., March 28. DHR staff will
conduct two open house workshops for potential applicants to inform them about the scope
of the grants, eligibility, and offer guidance in completing applications for the
relief funds. The first workshop convenes March 7, 1 to 4 p.m. at DHR’s
headquarters at 2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond. A second workshop will be conducted
March 12, 5 to 7 p.m., at DHR’s Tidewater Region Preservation Office
at 14415 Old Courthouse Way, Newport News.
Bank building after renovation.
(Photo: Kevin Blackburn)
Community Bank Building, ca. 1970s, in
(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.
Markel Bldg, Richmond
New Dominion Virginia:
DHR is pleased to announce the launch of our New Dominion Virginia
initiative. The initiative focuses on Virginia’s recent history and architecture from 1946 to 1991.
We've begun the effort with various documents that develop themes and frameworks for evaluating historic resources associated with this period, to facilitate architectural survey, and to assist property owners, local governments, historical societies, and other individuals and organizations with an interest in the architectural and cultural landscape of
this pivotal period in the Commonwealth’s history. Check out the New
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.
Post-Natural Disaster Advisory:
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Phone: (804) 367-2323