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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
Nine Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in September 2015

A 10,000-acre rural district in Warren County rooted in colonial history, an estate in Nelson County associated with an international medical pioneer, a 1960s-era hospital in Smyth County noted for its then-innovative design, and a former plantation in Loudoun County affiliated with a Depression-era cut-flower enterprise are among the sites added to the VLR by DHR in September.
See this slideshow of the places.

(See more slideshows here.)

Recent News and Announcements

Natural Disaster Recovery Advisory:  See this webpage.

Hurricane Sandy Grant Awards Announced DHR awarded funding for nine projects to survey historic architectural or archaeological resources in seven counties and three towns in the Tidewater and Eastern Shore that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The funds derive from a $1.5 million Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Assistance Grant for Historic Properties that the National Park Service awarded in 2014 to the Commonwealth of Virginia by way of DHR. The grant allows DHR and jurisdictions to fund projects that support disaster planning by increasing knowledge about storm-related damages to known historic properties, districts, and archeological sites, and further plans to make them better able to rebound from adverse impacts arising from future storms and sea surges or events related to climate change. See this press release for information about the localities receiving the grants and the projects funded.
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.  
Six New Historical Markers Approved: Markers cover topics in the counties of Accomack, Bath, and Sussex, and the cities of Harrisonburg and Lynchburg (2). Among the new highway markers recently approved by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources are ones highlighting African-American history in Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, and Sussex County, as well as a sign to commemorate a girls’ summer camp in Bath County, and another to honor a Civil Air Patrol base in Accomack County that briefly contributed to shoreline defenses during World War II. Read a press release that includes texts of markers.

Nine Historic Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR):  Listings cover sites in the counties of Loudoun, Nelson, Page, Smyth (Town of Marion), and Warren; and the cities of Bristol, Fredericksburg, Richmond, and Waynesboro: A 10,000-acre rural historic district in Warren County rooted in colonial history, an estate in Nelson County associated with an international medical pioneer, a 1960s-era hospital in Smyth County noted for its then-innovative design, and a former plantation in Loudoun County affiliated with a Depression-era cut-flower enterprise are among the nine sites added to the Virginia Landmarks Register by Virginia’s Department of Historic Resources. Read a press release.  
Now Available: 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.  

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