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.
A water tower in Manassas, a mill complex that operated into the 1960s in Amherst County, tobacco warehouses in Richmond affiliated with the mass marketing of cigarette brands, and a military railroad at the heart of Fort Belvoir’s development in Fairfax County are among the 14 historic sites recently listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register.
slideshow of the places.
Upcoming National Preservation Institute (NPI) Seminars: September in Fredericksburg:
(1) Section 106: A Review for Experienced Practitioners: September 20-21: Review regulations, standards, guidelines, and related laws relevant to Section 106 review. Discuss issues, problems, and “tricks of the trade,” with an emphasis on ways to employ creativity and flexibility to reduce complexity and improve effectiveness. Read full agenda.
(2) Native American Cultural Property Law, September 22-23: Review the federal laws intended to preserve Native American heritage through the protection of cultural practices and sacred lands. Examine the use of statutes as tools to manage tangible and intangible cultural property. Discuss government-to-government obligations, court decisions, and case studies to illustrate federal policies and practice. Consider the legal, cultural, and historical perspectives resulting from decisions affecting Native American cultural property. Learn how the consultation process enables tribes, federal entities, and other parties to achieve resolution.
Read full agenda.DHR to Close Petersburg Office: The agency is now in the process of closing down our former “Administration Office” in Petersburg. The office—now a Fiscal Division—has been relocated to our Richmond headquarters. Please do not send mail or faxes to that office. For now, any mail or other correspondence (email or phone) intended for our Fiscal Division should be routed to Stephanie Williams, DHR Deputy Director, (804) 482-6082, 2801 Kensington Ave., Richmond, VA 23221.
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.
Powhatan in his longhouse at Werowocomoco.
DHR and Virginia Historical Society's co-sponsored panel discussion on Werowocomoco is now available for viewing:
In February DHR and the Virginia Historical Society hosted a Banner
Lecture about the archaeological site of Werowocomoco, the
legendary American Indian village where chief Powhatan, his
daughter Pocahontas, and Capt. John Smith first crossed paths
when Smith was brought there as a prisoner. However, Werowocomoco emerged
at least 400 years before the English settled at Jamestown. To
learn more about this internationally significant site,
watch this video of the Banner Lecture
presentation, now available on
the VHS website.
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.