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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


DHR Announces Availability of Battlefield Preservation Grants for 2018

The Department of Historic Resources is now accepting applications from organizations that aim to protect battlefield lands with the support of grants from the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund, which is administered by the department.

The grants can be applied to protecting acreage affiliated with battles during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War by either fee simple land purchases or protective easement purchases. Organizations that qualify are urged to apply for the grants, and the deadline for applications is August 6. (See the end of this announcement for application and a grants manual.)

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17 Historic Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register

New listings cover sites in the counties of Albemarle, Bath, Campbell, Caroline, Fauquier (2), Frederick, Halifax, King George, King William, Nelson, and Rappahannock; and the cities of Fredericksburg (2) and Salem (3):

Among the 17 historic sites added to the Virginia Landmarks Register recently by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources are three historic districts located in Bath and Fauquier counties and the City of Salem, three so-called “Rosenwald” schools in Albemarle, Campbell, and Rappahannock counties, three churches in Fredericksburg, and Caroline and King William counties, and early 20th century buildings in Salem affiliated with a commercial laundry and a meatpacking operation. (more…)

10 New State Historical Markers Approved in June

New markers cover topics in the counties of Amelia, Nelson, Shenandoah, and Stafford; and the cities of Danville, Lynchburg, Richmond, Virginia Beach (2), and Williamsburg: 

Among ten new historical markers recently approved for placement along Virginia roads will be signs that highlight a Lynchburg-based football team that became known as the “Shoeless Wonders,” a World War II German prisoner of war camp in Virginia Beach, and a colonial-era school founded in Williamsburg (as suggested by Benjamin Franklin) for the education of enslaved and free black children. (The full text for each marker is provided at the end of this announcement.)

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Cost Share Program:

DHR is now soliciting proposals for the five projects comprising the 2018-2019 Survey and Planning Cost Share Program. Cost Share projects are funded through a partnership between DHR and a local government and/or regional planning district commission (PDC). The deadline for proposals is 4 p.m., Thursday, July 12. More information about the program and the request for proposal are available on the Jobs and Procurement page of the this website or by contacting Blake McDonald at DHR. The photograph (left) shows several resources in the Town of Salem’s North Broad Street Historic District were surveyed during a 2017-2018 Cost Share  project. A National Register of Historic Places nomination for the North Broad Street Historic District, also completed with Cost Share funding, will be consider at DHR’s joint quarterly board this month (June 21).  Addenda Documents (posted June 28).

Preserving the Past, Bulding the Future: Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits at Work in Virginia

Image of report coverThe commonwealth’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC) program has played an essential role in the preservation of thousands of historic properties since its inception 20 years ago. The program has issued $1.2 billion in tax credits since 1997, reimbursing 25 percent of eligible rehabilitation expenses as tax credits. Those tax credits have stimulated $4.5 billion in private investment since 1997. Although the $1.2 billion in tax credits issued represents revenue not immediately realized by the Commonwealth, much of the $4.5 billion of private investment may not have otherwise occurred. VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs analyzed the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program to better understand its costs and benefits to Virginia, its communities, and its historic buildings. Here’s full 94-page report. No time for that? Read the Executive Summary (4 pgs) or this Illustrated Summary.

Also of note, in 2017 Preservation Virginia, in partnership with the Home Builders Association, undertook a deep-dive study into the economic benefits of the historic rehabilitation tax credit program in Virginia. Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly), a nationally recognized, full-service accounting and advisory firm, studied the economic impact of 21 projects completed in 2014. Their findings demonstrate the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program doesn’t just preserve the places that make Virginia unique. In 2014 alone it resulted in:

  • $467 million in economic output
  • supported 9,960 jobs
  • generated $3.50 for every $1 invested through the first three years

The study can be found here on the Preservation Virginia website.

Check out DHR’s new audio tour of the historical highway markers along the Virginia Capital Bike Trail and Route 5 between Richmond and Williamsburg.

Logo of DHR historical marker audio tourThis 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.

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