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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is the State Historic Preservation Office.
DHR fosters, encourages, and supports the stewardship and use of Virginia’s significant architectural, archaeological, and historic resources as valuable assets for the economic, educational, social, and cultural benefit of citizens and communities.

Historic Virginia

Six Historic Sites Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR): A Revolutionary War–era militia mustering ground in southwest Virginia, a commercial corridor that became a hub for tobacco-related enterprises in Lynchburg, and two sites in the Shenandoah Valley are among the six places added last week to the Virginia Landmarks Register by the Department of Historic Resources.
  • New VLR listings in counties of Augusta, Shenandoah, and Washington (Abingdon); and the cities of Lynchburg, Richmond, and Roanoke.
  • Also, an expanded boundary for previously-listed Wytheville Historic District.
Read this press release (PDF) with photos and descriptions of the properterties and historic districts. See this webpage for individual nomination forms and photographs of each listing.
Images of four sites listed on VLR
Sites added to the VLR in March, clockwise from top right: (1) Oliver Chilled Plow Branch House, Richmond, (2) Carpenter Building, Wytheville Historic District, (3) Villa Heights, Roanoke, and (4) Retirement and Muster Grounds, Abindgon (Washington Co.)

Recent News and Announcements


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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).  
   
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Eleven New State Historical Highway Markers Approved in March:
Among the eleven markers recently approved for placement along Virginia roads will be signs that highlight a diplomat who helped 1,200 Jews escape the Holocaust, a top-secret Army post that intercepted radio transmissions during World War II, the church where George Washington served on the vestry, and a 19th-century educator and reformer, Margaret Mercer. Read this press release (PDF) about the markers and the text for each one. 

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

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