Stewardship of State-Owned Historic Properties

Stewardship of State-Owned Historic Properties

Report on the Stewardship and Status of Virginia’s State-Owned Historic Properties, 2023–2025

In 2006, the General Assembly passed legislation mandating that the Department of Historic Resources draft two biennial reports, with the option that they might be combined, on the stewardship of state-owned historic properties. Consistent with prior reports, the 2021 report (link below) combines–

  • priority lists of sites eligible for listing on the Virginia Landmarks Register as well as those VLR sites listed or eligible that are most threatened with loss of historic integrity or functionality, and
  • a status report on historic properties previously identified in prior reports.

The report is supplemented with guidance and reference materials located below and in this section of the DHR website. This year’s illustrated report highlights the efforts of Central State Hospital to preserve its archival records and memorialize it Unmarked Cemetery.

Report on the Stewardship and Status of Virginia’s State-Owned Historic Properties, 2021—2023:

(View the 2019 report.)

Recognized as a national preservation leader, Virginia leads the country in preservation stewardship by setting examples in sustainability, economic incentives, battlefield preservation, and groundbreaking achievements in the adaptive reuse of decommissioned military installations. Virginia has a responsibility to manage historic properties owned by state agencies and educational institutions in a manner that provides the greatest public benefit possible.

Legacy of Stewardship

In the United States, preservation was born in Virginia. As early as 1858, the Mount Vernon Ladies Association formed to save Mount Vernon from neglect in the first organized effort to preserve a historic landmark. The oldest statewide preservation organization in America, the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (formerly APVA, and currently Preservation Virginia) saved Powder Horn in Williamsburg in 1889, long before Colonial Williamsburg was created.

The Department of Historic Resources (DHR) was created under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, when this important legislation led to a State Historic Preservation Office in every state and U.S. Territory, a role DHR serves in Virginia. The NHPA Act also established the National Register of Historic Places, by which the Commonwealth founded the Virginia Landmarks Register that same year, Virginia’s parallel program to the National Register.


The following topics are covered on the Tools page of this website.

State Laws and Regulations

State-Owned Historic Property Inventory

Virginia Landmarks Register & Other Designations

  • What does it mean to be listed?
  • Other National and International Designations

DHR Project Review

  • What to submit?
  • Archaeological Permits
  • Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Guidance
  • DHR Review vs. AARB

DHR Contacts for State Agency Assistance

Best Practices

The following topics are covered on the Best Practices page of this website.

Building Treatment and Maintenance

  • Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
  • Windows and Roofs
  • Disaster Relief

Green Preservation

  • Tips
  • Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings (NPS 2011)


  • Human Remains and Burials
  • Education, Outreach, and Curation


  • Battlefield Identification and Civil War Sites Advisory Commission