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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
Six Historic Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in June 2015

A bus station in Petersburg connected with the Civil Rights Movement, an early 20th-century railroad depot in Pittsylvania County, a state park that originated in federal conservation efforts during the 1930s, and the site of a British fort in the Chesapeake Bay where escaped slaves were trained as Colonial Marines during the War of 1812 are among six sites recently added to the VLR.
See this slideshow of the places.

(See more slideshows here.)

Recent News and Announcements

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2015 Archaeology Month (October) Poster
Coming in October: Virginia Archaeology Month:  This October is Virginia Archaeology Month. DHR is partnering with the Archeological Society of Virginia to celebrate ASV's 75th anniversary. We invite you to celebrate this milestone by attending or hosting an event, an exhibit, tour, presentation or other activity that focuses on some aspect of archaeology in Virginia. If you represent an organization that would like to host an event and have questions or concerns about finding a speaker, or other questions, please contact DHR State Archaeologist Mike Barber (540.387-5398). Please use this 2015 Event Form for submitting details of your events to DHR (please complete an event form for each activity you plan). Return the forms to Randy Jones, DHR’s Public Information Officer, by email or U.S. mail at 462 Lee Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22802. Submit a form for your planned activity or event as soon as possible so that DHR can add it to our online Calendar of Events, which will be available on this website. To receive copies of this year's Archaeology Month poster to advertise your event, contact Katherine Ridgway, DHR Conservator. Be sure to provide a mailing address to use and the number of posters you’d like to receive.  
Now Available: /span> Classic Commonwealth: Virginia Architecture from the Colonial Era to 1940:  DHR is pleased to present this new online publication designed to aid professionals, students, and readers of all walks in identifying and documenting the numerous types and styles of historic buildings in the Commonwealth.
   The guide opens with an overview of Virginia’s architectural heritage within the context of larger historic trends, from its colonial-era settlement through to the economic, technological and cultural innovations of the early 20th century.
   The majority of the publication consists of "Style and Form" information sheets offering basic information about and character-defining features of the many historic architectural styles that have shaped Virginia’s public and private spaces across more than three centuries. Because architecture is a visual medium, Classic Commonwealth relies heavily on photographs which exemplify or illustrate relevant styles. We hope that the Classic Commonwealth style guide will enrich your understanding and appreciation of Virginia’s historic architecture. Additionally, this guide complements the New Dominion Virginia Style Guide, which DHR issued in 2014 and covers the 1940s through the late 20th century.

Historic Trades & Consultants Directory: DHR recently completed an overhaul and update of our directory for craftsmen/trades people who work on historic structures. This directory is provided by DHR as a service to those in Virginia seeking the professional assistance of people with expertise in historic preservation. This directory does not presume to be all inclusive; however, all consultants, craftsmen, artisans, and contractors with historic building experience who request inclusion will be listed. This is not an “approved” list. The inclusion of an individual or firm in this directory is not an endorsement by VDHR or a demonstration of professional competence. It is the responsibility of the property owner to obtain all appropriate permits and to ascertain that contractors have the appropriate licenses. Licensing requirements and status may be checked at If you are a craftsman interested in being included on the list, please contact Randy Jones.  


Eleven New Historical Markers Approved by DHR:
Among the new historical markers recently approved by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources are signs highlighting women’s history in the military and art, African American history in education and recreation, as well as a sign for a Lynchburg dentist who pushed for dental care for servicemen in the U.S. Army. See this press release which includes the texts of the approved historical markers.

Today’s Treasure – Tomorrow’s Trust: Virginia's Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan, 2016-2021 (A Working Draft for Public Review and Comment):  DHR seeks public comment on a draft statewide comprehensive preservation plan for the 6-year planning cycle 2016-2021.
   We have posted a review draft (neither a finished nor designed final document). All the same, at this stage in its progress, your input on the content and direction of the plan is very important to us.
   Mandated by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as amended, the comprehensive plan provides an overview of historic preservation in Virginia. It creates a framework within which all preservation stakeholders can contribute to the identification, preservation, and active use of historic places in communities around the Commonwealth.
   The plan, as presented in the posted working draft, draws heavily on public participation conducted in 2014 and dovetails with other statewide plans, particularly the Virginia Outdoors Plan and the Virginia Tourism Plan. It is intended for use by state and federal agencies (beyond DHR), local governments and review boards, planning departments, local and regional organizations with an interest in historic places, museums and historic attractions, educators and institutions of higher learning, and both public and private owners of historic places.

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 webpage.

 Now online: Revised Permit 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 here.

Post-Natural Disaster Advisory:  See this webpage.

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