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May 2021

Public Meeting for Proposed Colonial Beach Historic District

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A virtual public hearing for the proposed Colonial Beach Historic District in Westmoreland Co. begins today at 7 p.m. Instructions for attending the online meeting: Join as an attendee: https://covaconf.webex.com/covaconf/onstage/g.php?MTID=e1b91fac821cd728b115c64c66301459b Event password: VA1607 Join the audio conference only: To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code (185 108 9080). +1-517-466-2023 US Toll +1-866-692-4530 US Toll Free Global call-in numbers | Toll-free dialing restrictions Join from a video system or application: Dial 1781916957@covaconf.webex.com You can also…

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State Historical Marker “Campbell County Training School” To Be Dedicated

May 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Campbell Co. Training School, 1470 Village Highway
Rustburg, VA United States
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Sponsors will dedicate a state historical marker that highlights Campbell County Training School, which opened for African American students around 1923 and was built with financial support from the local Black community, the county, and the Julius Rosenwald Fund. The marker will be dedicated during an unveiling ceremony on Saturday, May 15, beginning at 11 a.m., at the marker’s location alongside the historic school complex at 1470 Village Highway, Rustburg. The ceremony is open to the public and attendees must…

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Dedication of “Owens-Melvin House” State Historical Marker in Chesapeake

May 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
732 Shell Road, Chesapeake, VA 23323, 732 Shell Road
Chesapeake, 23323
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Members of the Owens family, and the City of Chesapeake along with elected officials will dedicate a state historical marker that highlights the Owens-Melvin House in Chesapeake and the life of civil rights activist Dr. Hugo Armstrong Owens, a World War II veteran who worked to desegregate public facilities in Portsmouth during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1970 Owens became one of the first two African Americans elected to the Chesapeake City Council, ultimately serving eight of his ten years…

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June 2021

Public Meeting to Discuss Proposed Gwynn’s Island Historic District 

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Gwynn’s Island Civic League, 1996 Old Ferry Road
Grimstead, 23064
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A public meeting to discuss the proposed Gwynn’s Island Historic District will convene at  7 p.m. outside the Gwynn’s Island Civic League, 1996 Old Ferry Road, Grimstead, VA 23064. Representatives of DHR will discuss the proposed historic district.

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Two State Historical Markers “Abijah Thomas (1814-1876) and his Octagonal House” & “Holston Woolen Mills” to be Dedicated in Smyth County

June 4 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Octagon House, 615 Octagon House Road
Marion, Virginia
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Two state historical markers issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will be dedicated in Smyth County that highlight Abijah Thomas’s 17-room Octagonal House, a highly-refined example of such architecture, and the Village of Holston Mills, which arose around a textile operation Thomas co-founded about 1860 that produced cloth for Confederate soldiers’ uniforms. The Octagon House Foundation (OHF) will dedicate the “Abijah Thomas and His Octagonal House” sign Friday, June 4, starting at 11 a.m. The ceremony convenes at…

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State Historical Marker “Central Lunatic Asylum” To Be Dedicated

June 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
20th and Fairmount Streets, 20th and Fairmount Streets
Richmond, Virginia
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A state historical marker  will be dedicated that highlights the one-time location in Richmond of the Central Lunatic Asylum, the first standalone hospital for African Americans suffering from mental disorders or ill health in the United States. The state later relocated the facility to Dinwiddie County and renamed it Central State Hospital in the late 1800s. Officials of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and Central State Hospital, the sponsor of the marker, will dedicate the…

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Quarterly Meeting of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources & State Review Board

June 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The  joint quarterly public meeting of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and the State Review Board will convene remotely on June 17.  Please check back at this page for instructions on how to attend the meeting remotely.

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July 2021

Public Meeting about Survey for Proposed Keysville Historic District

July 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

July 1, 6 p.m.: DHR will convene a remote public information session for a project in the Town of Keysville (Charlotte Co.) that is funded by the National Park Service’s Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund grant to DHR. The project is to conduct a historical resources survey of downtown Keysville in order to list a Keysville Historic District on the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places. Join the public meeting on this webex link. *

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Public Meeting about Selective Historical Resources Study in Southside, City of Richmond

July 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 13, 7 p.m.: DHR will convene a remote public information session for a project in the City of Richmond that is funded by the National Park Service’s Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund grant to DHR. The project is to conduct a selective historical resources survey within the City of Richmond, mostly focusing on the Southside, as well as the preparation of a report outlining opportunities for further survey and preservation projects.  Join the public meeting on this WebEx link.

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August 2021

Public meeting: Proposed Vint Hill Farms Station Historic District

August 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

August 17, 6 p.m.– 8 p.m.: DHR will host a remote public hearing for a proposed Vint Hill Farms Station Historic District, which is to be presented for listing on the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places at the September 23 quarterly meeting of the Board of Historic Resources and State Review Board. The Vint Hill Farms Station Historic District in Fauquier County is a 126 acre former military complex that includes approximately 78 resources, 50 of…

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Public meeting: City of Richmond, Southside Project

August 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

August 17, 6 p.m.:August 17, 6 p.m.: UPDATE on web meeting link. DHR will host a second remote public information session for a project in the City of Richmond that is funded by the National Park Service’s Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund grant to DHR. The project is to conduct a selective historical resources survey within the City of Richmond, mostly focusing on the Southside, as well as the preparation of a report outlining opportunities for further survey and preservation projects.  Join the public meeting on…

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Historical Marker “Westwood Community” Dedication in Richmond

August 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The marker’s sponsor, Friends of Westwood Playground, will dedicate the "Westwood Community" sign during an unveiling ceremony at 12 noon, Sunday, August 22, at the marker’s location at the intersection of Willow Lawn Drive and Dunbar Street, in Richmond. Event speakers will include Andreas Addison, of the Richmond City Council, Patricia S. O’Bannon, of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors, and Dr. Colita Nichols Fairfax, of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources, which is authorized to designate new state historical…

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September 2021

African American Watermen Project, Informational Meeting

September 14 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 pm

DHR convenes a public meeting to discuss in depth the African American Watermen Project. Please check back to this page for forthcoming information and link to connect as an attendee to the remote meeting. Use this WebEx link to connect to the meeting remotely.

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Quarterly Meeting of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources & State Review Board, September 23, 2021

September 23 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

A joint quarterly public meeting of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and the State Review Board convenes at 9:30 a.m. September 23, 2021, at James Madison’s Montpelier, Center for the Constitution. The public will be able to attend the meeting remotely; please see these instructions on how to do so. Meeting DRAFT Agenda Highway Markers Proposed Easements, Proposed Donations More info, including new register nominations, view the Board Activities webpage.

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State Historical Marker “Roger Arliner Young (1898-1964)” To Be Dedicated in Clifton Forge

September 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A state historical marker issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will be dedicated that highlights the career of Alleghany County native R. Arliner Young, the first African American woman to earn a doctorate in zoology when she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1940. The Town of Clifton Forge, where Young was born, will host a public marker dedication ceremony at 2 p.m., on Friday, September 24, at the Town Hall, located at 547 Main…

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October 2021

State Historical Marker “Dry Bridge School” To Be Dedicated in Martinsville

October 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The historical marker highlights the origins and history of Dry Bridge School, which opened in 1928 to serve African American students in Henry County during the era of segregation in public education. The public dedication ceremony for the marker will be held Saturday, October 2, beginning at 11 a.m., at the marker’s location along East Church Street, just east of Boden Street and near the entrance to the MARC Workshop, where attendees may park. Event speakers will include Martinsville Mayor…

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State Historical Marker “Creative Women of Fishers Hill” To Be Dedicated in Strasburg

October 3 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The marker highlights three women—two painters, Bertha Von Hillern and Maria J. C. a’ Becket, and writer Emma Howard Wright—who lived in the Fishers Hill area of Shenandoah County during the 1880s and gained national prominence for their creative endeavors. The public dedication ceremony for the marker will be held at Strasburg Square, in Strasburg, beginning at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, October 3. Event speakers will include Strasburg Mayor Brandy Hawkins Boies; Shenandoah County Supervisors Tim Taylor and Dennis Morris; David…

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State Historical Marker “Leonard Woods Lynched” to be Dedicated in Wise County

October 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Woods Marker Location, 12643 Orby Cantrell Highway
Pound, Virginia 24279
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A state historical marker will be dedicated in Wise County that recalls the lynching in 1927 of Leonard Woods, an African American coal miner. That event led the Commonwealth of Virginia to define lynching as a state crime in early 1928. The public dedication ceremony is scheduled for this Saturday, October 16, beginning at 11 a.m., at the marker’s location at 12643 Orby Cantrell Highway, Pound, Va. (24279), just east of the Virginia–Kentucky border. Parking is available near the sign’s…

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Three State Historical Markers to be Dedicated in Bath County’s Warm Springs & West Warm Springs

October 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Three markers—“Warm Springs Baths,” the town of “Warm Springs,” and “West Warm Springs”—will be dedicated that highlight Warm Springs Baths, a resort since the late 1700s, the courthouse town of Warm Springs, and West Warm Springs, an historically African American community tracing back to the post–Civil War era. The public event to dedicate the markers will begin at 1 p.m., Sunday, October 17, and will involve short unveiling ceremonies at each of the markers. The first marker on the agenda…

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Historical Marker “American Revolution on the Frontier” to be Dedicated in Montgomery Co., Shawsville

October 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location of Marker, 847 Alleghany Spring Road
Shawsville, VA United States
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A state historical marker will be dedicated that highlights the role of the Crockett brothers, western Virginia frontiersmen, in helping to secure victory in the American Revolution, especially during the last two years of the war, in 1780 and 1781. The Eastmont Community Foundation and the Meadowbrook Museum of History, sponsor of the marker, will dedicate the sign during a pageant-filled public ceremony on Sunday, October 17, starting at 2 p.m., at the historical Crockett Farm, today’s Rivermont Farm, located…

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