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.

Notice of Intent to Relocate Graves

Studies and documentation have shown that the Nash Road extension project in Chesterfield County will disturb burials in an inadvertently discovered cemetery located within the project area. Pursuant to the requirements of VA Code §10.1-2305, the county intends to apply for a burial permit through the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to allow the archaeological excavation and relocation of the aforementioned cemetery. Public comments on this project should be made in writing and submitted by the close of business on July 8, 2024.

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

Easements

DHR's Easement program allows property owners to voluntarily protect the historical, architectural and archaeological integrity of their property by placing a permanent preservation easement on the...

Grants & Funding Opportunities

TEST DHR administers several grant opportunities that provide financial and technical assistance to support the preservation and protection of historic resources in Virginia. In addition to grant p...

Regional Archaeology Programs

Most of the department’s archaeological survey, field, and technical assistance activities are conducted from our three regional offices. If you have questions pertaining to local archaeology, need...

Highway Markers

The Highway Marker Program identifies and documents Virginia's significant historical persons, events, and places.  Our focus is on educating the public and providing accurate historical informatio...

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...

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...

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

UPDATE: Special Session for the 2024-2026 Virginia Biennial Budget
DHR Easement Protects New Culpeper Battlefields State Park
Cemetery Excavations in Charles City County Yield Surprising Discovery
DHR Easement Projects Receive 2024 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards