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July 2019

Historical Marker “Apprentice School” to be Dedicated in Newport News

July 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Apprenctice School, 3101 Washington Ave.
Newport News, VA 23607 United States
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The state historical marker "Apprentice School" will be dedicated during a ceremony at The Apprentice School's gymnasium. The Apprentice School is located at 3101 Washington Ave., in Newport News. The marker recalls that the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, founded in 1886, had an informal apprentice training program in place by the 1890s and established a formal training school in 1919 for shipbuilding trades. One of the nation’s foremost builders of military and commercial ships, the company’s school…

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Fauquier Co.: Dedication of Three Historical Markers on the Mellons and Rokeby Stables

July 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Trinity Episcopal Church, 9801 Mosby Highway
Upperville, VA 20184 United States
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Three markers in Fauquier County that recall the Mellons’ philanthropy and the Rokeby Stables will be dedicated at Trinity Episcopal Church, Upperville: Paul Mellon (1907-1999) Mary Elizabeth Conover Mellon (1904-1946) Rokeby Stables The public ceremony to dedicate all three markers will begin at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 4, two miles east of Upperville at the intersection of John S Mosby Highway (US 50) and Rokeby Road (Route 623), where two of the markers — “Paul Mellon” and “Rokeby Stables” —…

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August 2019

Historic Resource Commission / CLG Training Workshop

August 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Smithfield Center, 220 North Street, Smithfield, 220 North Street
Smithfield, VA 23430 United States
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This DHR workshop is geared to benefit seasoned and new HRC members and staff, as well as anyone who has an interest in preservation of our historic resources. Training will cover — historic architecture, DHR's style guide Section 106 sustainability and historic preservation, and appropriate treatments for historic materials. See agenda. An engaging breakout session to wrap-up the day will give participants a chance to collaborate with commission members from other localities and make decisions on mock applications. The workshop is…

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Historical Marker Dedication in Midlothian, Chesterfield County

August 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Marker Location, 13801 Westfield Road
Midlothian, VA 23113 United States
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There will be a public ceremony to dedicate the historical marker "Midlothian Elementary School" beginning at 11 a.m., August 10, at the marker's location at 13801 Westfield Road, Midlothian 23113.

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Historical Marker Dedication in Goochland County

August 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
2094 Sheppard Town Road, Crozier, VA 23039, 2094 Sheppard Town Road
Crozier, VA United States
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The historical marker "Land Conservation in Virginia" will be dedicated on this date. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the sign's location at 2094 Sheppard Town Road, Crozier, VA 23039.    

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Historical Marker Dedication in King & Queen County

August 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm

The marker "Donald Robertson's School" will be dedicated at 10:30 a.m. at the marker's location at the intersection of Route 721 (Newtown Road) and Route 660 (Sorghum Road).  

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Dedication of the “New Dublin Presbyterian Church” Historical Marker in Pulaski County

August 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
New Dublin Presbyterian Church, 5331 5331 State Rd 797
Dublin, VA 24084 United States
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The marker “New Dublin Presbyterian Church” will be dedicated during a public ceremony at 1 p.m. at New Dublin Presbyterian Church, 5331 State Rd 797, Dublin, VA 24084.

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In Search of Virginia’s Maritime Heritage

August 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mariners’ Museum and Park, 100 Museum Dr,
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
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On Saturday, August 24, between 9 a.m. and 12 noon, DHR will introduce a series of presentations focusing on how the commonwealth’s extensive network of bays and rivers has influenced and impacted the lives and commerce of Virginia’s citizens for more than 400 years, and how the public can become involved in a statewide effort to locate and protect maritime archaeological sites. NOTE: If you plan to attend, you will need to enter the museum through the business entrance. See these directions.…

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Dedication of the “Della Irving Hayden” Historical Marker in the City of Franklin

August 24 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Apostolic Faith Church of God, 680 Oak Street
Franklin, VA United States
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The historical marker "Della Irving Hayden" will be dedicated during a public ceremony beginning at 9 a.m. at Apostolic Faith Church of God, 680 Oak Street, Franklin.

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Historical Marker Dedication in Petersburg

August 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Exchange Building Petersburg, 15 W. Bank Street
Petersburg, VA United States
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The historical marker "Newmarket Racecourse" will be dedicated at 2 p.m., during a public ceremony at the Exchange Building, located at 15 W. Bank Street, in Petersburg. Petersburg Preservation Task Force Executive Director H. “Edward” Chip Mann will host the ceremony which will include brief remarks from The Rev. Pegram Johnson, the force behind the marker’s creation; Ferris Allen, Director of the National Thoroughbred Association, and James Hare of DHR. The ceremony is expected to last approximately 20 minutes and…

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September 2019

September Quarterly Meeting, Board of Historic Resources and State Review Board

September 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Historic Christ Church, 420 Christ Church Road
Weems, VA 22576 United States
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The next quarterly meeting of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and the State Review Board will convene on September 19, at 9:00 a.m. at the Bayne Center, Historic Christ Church,  420 Christ Church Road, Weems, VA 22576. The boards will consider new nominations to the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places, historical highway markers, and easement donations. During the meeting, the Virginia Board of Historic Resources will also consider Preliminary Information Forms for historic properties. To…

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October 2019

First Friday Appointments with Tax Credit Program Staff

October 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
DHR’s Richmond headquarters, 2801 Kensington Avenue
Richmond, VA 23221
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Excepting holidays, on the first Friday of every month at DHR’s Richmond headquarters, tax credit staff can meet by appointment with applicants or their project representative from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Appointments are limited to 20 minutes so that staff may provide informal, non-binding guidance on specific historic rehabilitation treatment issues. These meetings are not intended to review an overall project. A formal, comprehensive review of a project occurs only after submission of the complete rehabilitation tax credit application to DHR.   Appointments for a first Friday meeting can…

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State Historical Highway Marker “James River Bateaumen” To Be Dedicated Saturday in Richmond

October 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Sign Location, 301 Virginia Street
Richmond, VA United States
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The marker to be dedicated Saturday recalls the era when the long, narrow, flat-bottomed boats, known individually as bateau, and operated by crews often consisting of free or enslaved African Americans, carried cargo and passengers between Richmond and points west on the James River and its tributaries. Speakers during the dedication ceremony will include Delegate Betsy Carr, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and Richmond City Council member Cynthia Newbille, Julie V. Langan, DHR director, Sandra Norman of VDOT, and representatives from…

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Historical Marker “Pearl Bailey” to be Dedicated in Newport News

October 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Pearl Bailey Marker, 2814 Chestnut Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607 United States
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The historical marker recognizing Newport News's native daughter Pearl Bailey (1918-1990) will be dedicated Oct. 17 at the marker's location. Bailey began performing in nightclubs in the 1930s and appeared on Broadway, in movies, and on television during the course of her five-decade career. Her starring role in “Hello, Dolly!” earned her a special Tony award in 1968. She toured for many years with the USO entertaining American troops, and served as a U.S. representative to the General Assembly of…

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

October 24 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Colonial Center for the Performing Arts, 220 South Mecklenburg Avenue
South Hill, VA United States
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Colonial Theater for the Performing Arts, South Hill. This event has been cancelled.

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State Historical Highway Marker “John J. Wright School” To Be Dedicated in Spotsylvania County

October 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
John J. Wright Educational and Cultural Center Museum, 7565 Courthouse Road
Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA United States
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The "John J. Wright" historical marker to be dedicated highlights the 20th-century history of secondary public school education for African American students in Spotsylvania County and John J. Wright High School. Speakers during the ceremony will include John Hennessy, chief historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park; Dr. Scott Baker, Superintendent, Spotsylvania County Schools; Charles Conyers, a principal; Dr. Jennifer Loux, historian and manager of the marker program at DHR, among other participants including former students and faculty of…

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November 2019

Dedication of the “Sgt. Miles James” Historical Marker in Va. Beach

November 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Building 19, 2416 Courthouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA United States
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This marker will be dedicated in Virginia Beach at  11 a.m. during a ceremony at Building 19, Training Rooms A & B 2416 Courthouse Drive. Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer will speak at the event. He will be joined by J. Michael Moore, curator of Lee Hall and Endview Plantation, on the program. DHR will be represented by Dr. Colita Fairfax, chair of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources. The public is invited to attend.   Text of the marker:…

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Dedication of the “Court Street Baptist Church” historical marker in Portsmouth

November 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Court Street Baptist Church, 447 Court Street
Portsmouth, VA United States
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The marker “Court Street Baptist Church” in Portsmouth will be dedicated at 11 a.m.   Text of the marker: Court Street Baptist Church The Kehukee Association, composed of Baptist churches in southeastern Virginia and eastern North Carolina, established Court Street Baptist Church on 7 Sept. 1789. This is the oldest Baptist church in Portsmouth and Norfolk and became the mother church of several other congregations. Members acquired land here in 1799 and built their first sanctuary. African American members, about…

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Dedication of three state historical markers in Town of Marion, Smyth County

November 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Dedication of three state historical markers relating to African American history in Town of Marion will be dedicated at 12 noon. More details to follow. Here are the texts of the three markers: Mount Pleasant Methodist Church African Americans, exercising newfound autonomy after the Civil War, withdrew from white-led congregations and established new churches, including Mount Pleasant Methodist Church in Marion ca. 1871. After sharing a frame sanctuary with a local Baptist congregation, Mount Pleasant erected a new brick sanctuary…

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Dedication of the “James River Steam Brewery” Historical Marker in Richmond

November 17
James River Brewery Site, Route 5 at Old Hudson St.
Richmond, VA United States
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The marker “James River Steam Brewery” will be dedicated in Richmond. Time and other details to follow. Here is the text of the marker: James River Steam Brewery Nearby stood the James River Steam Brewery, built in 1866 during a national boom in beer production. The five-story facility contributed to Richmond’s post-Civil War industrial recovery, and its beer garden served as a community center. David G. Yuengling Jr., part-owner, was the oldest son of the founder of D. G. Yuengling…

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Updated October 30, 2019