Every October Virginia celebrates archaeology at libraries, museums, historical societies, clubs, and at active archaeological sites. For more information about archaeology month, contact Dee DeRoche. School teachers and librarians are encouraged to contact Dee DeRoche to receive copies of Archaeology Month posters for display each October.
One of among a network of archaeological labs in Virginia, DHR’s Conservation Lab in Richmond offers its services to museums and other venues in the Commonwealth, as time, staffing, and funding allow.
In 2018 Christopher Parr, archaeologist and collections manager for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs (VDMA), visited the DHR Lab to ask me—since I am DHR’s conservator—about the best way to store a World War II bayonet. Chris mentioned, while I examined it, that the scabbard was fiberglass.
For a conservator looking for a new thrill, artifacts from the recent past, the 20th century in particular, represent an opportunity to learn about best practices for conserving modern materials.
—New markers cover topics in the counties of Charles City, Fauquier (3), King and Queen, and Mathews; and the cities of Alexandria, Bristol, Lynchburg, and Norfolk—
RICHMOND – Among ten new historical markers recently approved for placement along Virginia roads will be the first one to recall the lynching of an African American. Other new markers will highlight a boarding school in King and Queen County where a young James Madison received a classical education, the Union Railway Station, completed in 1903 in the City of Bristol, the philanthropy of Paul and Mary Elizabeth Conover Mellon, and the Rokeby Stables, where Paul Mellon bred and raised champion racehorses.
New listings cover sites in the counties of Amherst, Carroll, Fairfax, King and Queen, Loudoun, and Wise, and a Boundary Increase for the Norfolk Auto Row Historic District. VLR listings will be forwarded for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places
A plantation once owned by George Washington, a town in Southwest Virginia’s Wise County that boomed during the era of King Coal, and a public school in Carroll County that established the state’s first agricultural curriculum in 1917 are among the six historic places added to the Virginia Landmarks Register by the Department of Historic Resources on September 20 during the quarterly meeting of DHR’s two boards.
If you have experienced flooding or other damage to your historic property in the aftermath of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Florence, please know that DHR staff can assist you. Reports of damage and requests for technical assistance for owners of historic properties can be sent to Randy Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org); for properties under easement with DHR, please contact Megan Melinat (email@example.com.
The historic preservation easement protects in perpetuity Boxwood’s 15.46 acres of woodland and gardens and two Modernist buildings constructed in the mid-20th century:
The Boxerwood Education Association has donated to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources a preservation and open-space easement on Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden, located about one mile west of Lexington in Rockbridge County. The easement, which protects the property from future subdivision and development, will be administered by DHR, which listed the historic core of the property on the Virginia Landmarks Register in 2015, when the National Park Service also placed it on the National Register of Historic Places.
This is DHR’s first attempt at making audio recordings of the texts of the 2,600+ markers erected in Virginia between 1927 and 2017. We would appreciate any feedback you would like to provide us. Intended to entertain and inform you when you drive Route 5 or bike along the Capital Trail, the audio tour can also be accessed from anywhere on any device including laptops. Take a spin and get a feel for what we are up to by visiting the tour link. To access the tour on a mobile device, visit izi.Travel and download the app, then search for tours in Virginia.