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

Five Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in March 2016
The places include an archaeological site on the campus of the University of Virginia associated with a free African-American antebellum household, an early 19th-century crossroads tavern complex in Hanover County, and two consolidated schools and a public healthcare facility in western Virginia
built during the 20th century.
See a slideshow of the places.
(See more slideshows here.)
Four sites listed in the VLR

Recent News and Announcements


Portsmouth: A new state historical marker will be dedicated this Sunday, Memorial Day weekend that highlights Cedar Grove Cemetery, a resting place for many veterans of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, as well as Confederate soldiers from the Civil War. The dedication ceremony begins at 3 p.m., May 29, at the sign’s location alongside the main entrance to Cedar Grove Cemetery, located on Fort Lane in Portsmouth. Read this press release for more information about speakers and the sign.
Now Accepting Applications for CLG Grants 2016-2017: DHR announces an open competition to select projects that best meet CLG requirements outlined in this Request for Applications. Specifically, eligible projects are those that enhance or strengthen heritage stewardship efforts and programs at the local level where they are most successful, including projects that integrate heritage stewardship planning with larger local planning efforts, projects that educate the public about local history and resources or the locality’s heritage stewardship programs. Also eligible are projects that identify the history and heritage resources of an area or projects involving publications or programs that promote the broad benefits of heritage stewardship. Those benefits include community revitalization, economic development, heritage tourism, education, and community and citizenship building. Specific eligible project types are identified in the following sections. Applications will be received until 4:00 pm, Friday, May 27, 2016. Please go to our CLG homepage for more information and documents.

13 New State Historical Markers Approved:
A civil rights case that led the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in 1967 that a Virginia law prohibiting interracial marriage was unconstitutional, the 1791 decision of a wealthy planter to free more than 500 enslaved persons he owned, and an early 20th-century rural community settled by Scandinavian immigrants are among the topics covered in new state historical markers recently approved by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources during its March quarterly meeting. Read the press release about the new markers and the full texts of each sign.

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.

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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