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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

Eight Historic Places Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register

—New VLR listings are in the counties of Albemarle, Hanover, Loudoun, New Kent, Pittsylvania, and Pulaski; and the cites of Fredericksburg and Richmond—

 —VLR listings will be forwarded for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places—

During its quarterly meeting in September, the Virginia Board of Historic Resources approved eight new listings for the Virginia Landmarks Register including a tavern visited by George Washington and French troops during the Revolutionary War, a rural village in Northern Virginia settled by African Americans before and after the Civil War, and a military academy in Southside Virginia established in 1909. Read full text »

Help Us Celebrate Virginia Archaeology Month in October

2019 Archaeology Month poster.

Every October, Virginia celebrates archaeology at libraries, museums, historical societies, clubs, and at active archaeological sites. The theme of DHR’s poster for 2019 is the agency’s project to re-conserve artifacts recovered from Betsy, a ship the British scuttled during the Revolutionary War and the Siege of Yorktown. Betsy was excavated by DHR archaeologists working underwater in the York River during the 1980s. Artifacts recovered from the ship are now in need of re-treatment to preserve them for future research and display in museum exhibitions. A National Park Service Maritime Heritage Grant allowed DHR to hire a conservator to conduct the re-conservation work.

For more information about archaeology month, please contact DHR Chief Curator Laura Galke (804 /482-6441). If you are the representative of a venue that is scheduling an archaeology-related event in October, let Laura know so that DHR can list your organization’s event on our Calendar of Events for distribution and posting on our website. Archaeology Month posters are free to the public. You can pick one up at our office in Richmond. (See obverse side of 2019 poster.)

Spotlight on Collections: Online Sources for Identifying Artifacts

For this blog penned by State Archaeologist Dr. Elizabeth Moore, we take a detour from strictly focusing on DHR Collections and move beyond to highlight online collections useful for research.

Have you ever wondered how archaeologists identify all of the many artifacts that they recover in the field?

Prehistoric vessel with incisionsLearning to identify artifacts is not a superhuman memory power, it comes from years of experience and knowing where to look for information. I’ve gathered some of my favorite online artifact identification resources below. Some of these are useful for specific types of artifacts, some are good for broader categories of materials, and some are just fun to browse to see what other people have found at their sites.

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DHR to Present Programs That Support Historic Preservation and Recognition of Southside Va.’s History and Historic Resources

Colonial Theater for the Performing Arts, South Hill.

—Staff of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will discuss programs and tools for preserving sites and buildings during the afternoon of Oct. 24 at the Colonial Center for the Performing Arts in Town of South Hill

In October DHR will offer presentations and the opportunity to speak with staff about programs available to residents, property owners, and localities to recognize and preserve historic buildings and sites in Southside Virginia.

The event begins at 1 p.m., Thursday, October 24 at the Colonial Center for the Performing Arts, located at 220 South Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill. Admission is free and open to the public. Welcoming remarks will be provided by Kim Callis, South Hill’s Town Manager and by Lauren Epps, manager of the Colonial Center for the Performing Arts.

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DHR’s Draft Work Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2020 (Oct. 2019 — Sept. 2020) Posted for Public Comment:

DHR’s programs support both public and private efforts to make the most of irreplaceable historic resources that can and should benefit Virginia communities for generations to come.  The Department is guided by issues, challenges, and goals adopted as part of its Comprehensive Plan (2016-2021). DHR revises its Work Plan each year to set annual priorities based on preservation needs and opportunities and outlines the specific ways in which DHR will address its goals and objectives cited in the statewide Comprehensive Plan.

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Cost Share and Planning Grant Awards for 2019-2020 Announced

Grants will support projects in the counties of Essex, Fairfax, and Middlesex; the towns of Abingdon (Washington Co.), Chase City (Mecklenburg Co.), and Port Royal (Caroline Co.); and the cities of Norfolk, Salem, and Virginia Beach

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Va. Historical African American Cemetery & Graves Fund (Revised Documents)

With the new state fiscal year (2019-2020) beginning July 1, DHR announces the availability of funds for the care and maintenance of historical African American cemeteries and graves, defined by Virginia Code (§10.1-2211.2) as “a cemetery that was established prior to January 1, 1900, for the interment of African Americans.”

Please use these revised forms:

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DHR now has two newsletters: a DHR Quarterly Newsletter, and a newsletter for Register Program Updates. We invite you to subscribe to our newsletters.  Once you have signed, you will receive an email asking you to confirm your subscription. Any questions or problems, please contact Randy Jones at DHR. We look forward to hearing from you and keeping you up to date with DHR’s register programs and other preservation news and Virginia history.


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