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Who We Are

Virginia Department of Historic Resources

DHR is Virginia’s State Historic Preservation Office, an agency within the Secretariat of Natural and Historic Resources. Our programs support historic preservation and archaeology throughout the Commonwealth. We identify historic places, educate the public, connect communities with their histories, and equip Virginians with the tools to foster historic preservation.

Historic Places in Virginia Associated With Black History

Historic sites listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places that are associated with Black history in the Commonwealth.

PROGRAMS IN FOCUS: TAX CREDITS

The Omni Homestead Resort

Virginia’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC) program has played an essential role in the restoration of some of the most iconic hotels and resorts throughout the state, including the Omni Homestead Resort.

IN THE NEWS

Historical Marker: Mary Wingfield Scott (1895-1983)

On April 24, 2023, a state historical marker was dedicated in Richmond for Mary Wingfield Scott, the pioneering preservationist best known for her work to document and advocate for the rehabilitation and reuse of the city's historic buildings. The marker was erected in front of the Linden Row Inn, which is comprised of the houses that Wingfield Scott saved from demolition in the 1950s. To read more about DHR's historical highway marker program, check out the link below. 

Enabling the Future of Historic Preservation

Our mission is to foster, encourage, and support the stewardship of Virginia’s significant historic architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources. Our programs and services are designed to empower others to further the significance of historic places and their role in shaping Virginia today.

The Department of Historic Resources, the Board of Historic Resources, and the State Review Board acknowledge the indigenous peoples of Virginia and express its gratitude for their continued stewardship of her lands and waterways over many generations. We also acknowledge the free and enslaved Africans and their descendants whose labors and contributions on behalf of the Commonwealth have long been overlooked. We commit ourselves to meaningful engagement with all Virginians, past and present, as we strive to fulfill our charge as stewards of Virginia’s long and rich history.

DHR PROGRAMS

DHR Archives

DHR's Archives houses the agency’s collection of records of the historic resources documented in Virginia.  These records can include descriptions of the resources; historical research; photographs...

Certified Local Government

Communities strengthen and expand their local preservation programs through Certified Local Government (CLG) designation. The CLG program was created by the National Historic Preservation Act of 19...

Federal & State Review

DHR's Review and Compliance Division reviews federal and state projects that may impact historic and cultural resources, and provides recommendations for protecting and preserving these resources.

Historic Registers

DHR manages the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register programs in Virginia. Both Registers are lists of historically and culturally significant properties in Virginia, including buildin...

Archaeological Collections

The Archaeological Collections programs of Curation and Conservation aim to ensure the proper management and preservation of archaeological collections. They provide for the curation, care, and tre...

Cemetery Preservation

DHR's Cemetery Preservation program provides information and resources to help preserve and protect the state's historic cemeteries and burial grounds. We also provide technical assistance with iss...

Research & Identify

DHR plays a critical role in research and identification related to historic preservation and archaeology. Through its research efforts, DHR provides valuable information and resources to support the identification, evaluation, and protection of historic sites and resources. DHR’s identification programs provide a foundation for preservation efforts, while its research initiatives help to inform and guide those efforts, promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of Virginia’s unique history and culture.

Preserve & Protect

DHR is committed to preserving and protecting Virginia’s historic and cultural resources. Through its  programs, DHR promotes stewardship of historic sites and structures for future generations. DHR focuses on providing technical assistance to individuals, organizations and agencies engaged in historic preservation.

DHR News

Grave Matters: The African American Cemetery & Graves Fund
Update: 2024 General Assembly Session
Meet the New Division of Resource Information & Registers
Virginia Landmarks: A Showcase of Successful Historic Preservation Projects