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State Historical Marker “Little Zion Baptist Church” Dedication Ceremony

Little Zion Baptist Church 15116 Tomahawk Creek Road, Orange, VA

A state historical marker issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will be dedicated tthat recalls the founding of the Reconstruction-era Little Zion Baptist Church, a historically African American church in Orange County. The ceremony, part of the church’s 150th anniversary celebration, is open to the public. Attendees must observe state mandates for covid […]

State Historical Marker “Augustus N. Lushington, VMD” To Be Dedicated

Fifth Street Baptist Church 1007 5th Street, Lynchburg, VA

A state historical marker issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will be dedicated this Saturday that highlights the life of former Lynchburg resident Augustus Nathaniel Lushington, one of the first Black men to earn a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine in the United States. The marker will be dedicated during a ceremony beginning […]

Public Hearing for Proposed Browntown Historic District

Browntown Community Center 96 Browntown Road, Browntown, VA

May 11: An in-person public hearing will convene for the proposed Browntown Historic District in Warren County, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 11, at the Browntown Community Center, 96 Browntown Rd., Browntown, VA 22610.

Public Meeting for Proposed Colonial Beach Historic District

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 […]

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

Campbell Co. Training School 1470 Village Highway, Rustburg, VA

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 […]

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

732 Shell Road, Chesapeake, VA 23323 732 Shell Road, Chesapeake

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 […]

Public Meeting to Discuss Proposed Gwynn’s Island Historic District 

Gwynn’s Island Civic League 1996 Old Ferry Road, Grimstead

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.

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

Octagon House 615 Octagon House Road, Marion, Virginia

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 […]

State Historical Marker “Central Lunatic Asylum” To Be Dedicated

20th and Fairmount Streets 20th and Fairmount Streets, Richmond, Virginia

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 […]

Public Meeting about Survey for Proposed Keysville Historic District

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 […]

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

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 […]

Public meeting: Proposed Vint Hill Farms Station Historic District

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 […]

Public meeting: City of Richmond, Southside Project

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, […]

Historical Marker “Westwood Community” Dedication in Richmond

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 […]

African American Watermen Project, Informational Meeting

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.

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]