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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

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

21 Historic Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in counties of Accomack, Bath, Buckingham, Halifax (4), Loudoun, Mathews, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Orange, Pittsylvania, and Rockbridge; and the cities of Bristol, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Richmond (2), Staunton, and Virginia Beach.

From Saxis Island on the upper Eastern Shore to the City of Bristol in southwestern Virginia, 21 sites across the state were added to the VLR in June. They  include
  • Montgomery Hall Park in Staunton: Established for African Americans in 1946, it became regionally popular during the segregation era.
  • Hopwood Hall at Lynchburg College, where co-educational instruction had an early start in Virginia.
  • Also, farms in Halifax and Pittsylvania counties and a South Boston historic district in Mecklenburg County reflect settlement and agricultural history in Southside Virginia.
Read the press release with descriptions of each property and historic district. See this page for individual nomination forms and photographs of each listing.
See slideshows of past listing to the VLR.

Added to the VLR in June, clockwise from top right: (1) Hopwood Hall, Lynchburg College, (2) Scott-Hutton Farm, Rockbridge Co., (3) Old Manse, Town of Orange, Orange Co., and (4) Alexander Hill Baptist Church, Buckingham Co.

Recent News and Announcements

DHR Work Plan for October 2017-September 2018: The DHR Work Plan is produced annually and dovetails with DHR's Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan (here). We invite the public to comment on the Work Plan in this current draft. Please submit any comments to Stephanie Williams, DHR Deputy Director. DHR will accept comments on the plan until October 8.

12 New State Historical Highway Markers Approved in June: Among twelve new markers are signs highlighting the deadliest crash in the U.S. involving a hydrogen Army airship, the career of an enslaved man who became a famous, rich figure in American horse racing, and the first Virginian—a baseball player from Madison County—inducted into the International League Hall of Fame. Read this press release which includes the text of each new marker.

  DHR has issued its mandated biennial report on the Stewardship and Status of State-Owned Properties 2017-2019. The 2017 report “attempts to balance the duty and benefits regarding stewardship with the challenging realities facing agencies which own historic real estate,” writes DHR Director Julie V. Langan. For the first time, the report addresses threats to state-owned historic resources resulting from sea levels that are projected to continue rising. The report offers recommendations for stewardship of state-owned historic properties for the 2017-2019 biennium.
In 2016, DHR celebrated the 50th anniversary of the agency as well as the National Historic Preservation Act and Virginia Open-Space Land Act. To commemorate the anniversary, we published a special Commemorative Issue of Notes on Virginia, No.54, now available online as a 74-page PDF. We still have hard copies of the magazine available. (To order, please send your request to the attention of Jennifer Pullen, DHR, 2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221. Please enclose a check for $3 to cover postage of the magazine.) Some past issues of Notes on Virginia are also available online. 

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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