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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

October is Virginia Archaeology Month

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.

Spotlight on the DHR Conservation Lab: Fiberglass and a WW II Bayonet

Corroded bayonet
Conserving this artifact, a bayonet (shown here in its scabbard), will enable VDMA to exhibit it, tell about its history, and how it came into the Fort Lee museum’s collections.

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.


10 New State Historical Highway Markers Approved (Sept. 2018)

Highway marker sign outlineNew 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.


DHR Adds Six Places to Virginia Landmarks Register in September

Photos of four properties discussed at the Sept. 20 meeting of DHR’s two boards.

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.


Post-Hurricane Clean Up

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 (; for properties under easement with DHR, please contact Megan Melinat (, 804-482-6455). You can also contact DHR staff in our Regional Offices (and listed on the last page of the linked document).  You may also wish to visit our webpage for Natural Disaster Recovery Advisory where there are tips for cleaning up after flooding.

Boxerwood Education Assoc. Donates Preservation Easement on Nature Center and Woodland Gardens

Photo shows Modernist house built in 1952
Boxerwood, Rockbridge Co.

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.


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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